Township Rollers’ 15 games unbeaten streak in the 2014/2015 season has finally come to an end following their 1-2 defeat by Police XI over the weekend.
Police XI are the first and only team this season to beat the high riding Rollers who are clearly gearing towards defending their championship. Mapalastina, as Rollers are affectionally known to their supporters, started the match on a high note with clear signs that they wanted to collect maximum points.
Rollers’ early goal in the first half through their captain Maano Ditshupo brought hope to the supporters that they will have a walk in the park with Police XI. The team’s continued domination of the match from the middle gave them an upper hand with the opponents living dangerously on their back heels all the time. However, in the second half, Junior Lotlaamoreng’s team came back rejuvenated, taking the game to Rollers. Police XI players seemed like they heard their coach very well and started closing the way for Roller to prevent them from doing as they pleased in the midfield.
With the amount of pressure piled on Rollers, Police XI could have levelled the matters in the early minutes of the second half held but poor finishing let them down. Their hard work paid off about 15 minutes after recess with Ishmael Amposah’s equaliser from a well-crafted move.
While Rollers players and supporters were still in shock from the equaliser Ghanaian Amposah put the final nail on their hearts with a second goal to give Police a lead on the 75 minute. Lotlaamoreng believes his charges played very in the midfield to frustrate Rollers. Lotlaamoreng said they won because they did not let Rollers do as they wanted in the middle of the park. The loss however leaves Mapalastina still at the top of the log with 37 points, only two ahead of second placed Mochudi Centre Chiefs, who were held to a 1-all draw by Extension Gunners on Friday night.