Lobatse Derby Fails to Produce Winner

| April 2, 2015

The Lobatse derby between Extension Gunners and BMC once again failed to produce a winner at the New Lobatse Stadium on Tuesday night (March 31).

Although they both had their feet on the paddle, an apparent lack of killer instinct saw them fail to produce a goal. They had also played to a 1-1 draw on the first round of the premier league.

Both teams are still jostling to secure decent positions on the be Mobile table and they each pulled all stops to get the better of one another.

But the Gunners combination of Monageng Thaele, Topo Piet, Kemmy Pilato, Isaac Paeye, Thabiso Mabachi and veteran Jomo Moatlhaping, proved a handful for the opponents who often times retreated to their half.

After recess, Gunners sacrificed defender Tshepo Maikano for a midfielder Tshepo ‘Schoolboy’ Molefe in an effort to intensify their search for goal. They started attacking in numbers but Katlego Mbise showed no compromise. The youthful shot stopper parried away all the Gunners attempts at goal.

The introduction of Gunners speedy winger, Emmanuel Machinya and BMC’s Kaone Molefe in the second half had somewhat raised the bar but could not get either of them a match winner.

Credit should also go to the Gunners keeper, Lame Tladinyane, who stood firm between the goals. The youthful goal minder had also denied the opponents several clinical opportunities through a number of sublime reflexes.

Gunners coach, Calvin Petersen, said he was happy with the outcome of the game but was quick to add that he still had some work to do. Petersen explained that his defence did not combine well with the midfield when on the ball which made it difficult to attack and defend as a unit.

He said there was need to work on the strike force in order to start producing goals. Petersen also complained that the referee had denied his team two clear cut penalties that could have separated them from the cross town rivals.

“The referee has killed this game with some controversial decisions he took,” he snarled.

Rapelang Tsatsilebe also concurred that the referee was inconsistent in his approach. He was nonetheless happy with the result and performance of his team.

Although they did not score, Tsatsilebe said he was particularly happy that his boys were able to create goal scoring opportunities. The draw put Gunners on the sixth spot with 36 points while BMC remained on position seven with 34 points.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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