K4L top VPL with fourth consecutive win

Kick4Life
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Sky Battalion
Tale (10’, 75)
Brown (57)
K4L top VPL with fourth consecutive win
Steve Fleming
February 12, 2017

By: Reitumetse Tlopo

Thapelo Tale and Thabiso Brown were on song as Kick4Life edged Sky Battalion 3-0 in the Vodacom Premier League on Sunday afternoon at LCS grounds.

The win brought Kick4Life back at the top of the table after Bantu were held to a 2-2 braw by Matlama. Lioli did not play in the league after competing in an African Champions League qualifier on Saturday.

Tale recorded another brace after bagging two on his debut in last week’s 5-3 win over Sandawana in the Top8. He found the opener in the 10th minute after a well-played long ball by Bokang Mothoana behind Sky Battalion's defence.

Six minutes later, Morapeli Lesoetsa saw his header going off before Thejane Thejane tried his luck. Tale had doubled his tally in the 20th minute after a beautiful cross from Thabiso Brown, but the line man’s flag was already up.

Ntoya-Malonga unleashed a rifle in the 23rd minute but his shot was blocked away. A minute later, Moruti Thamahane did well to stop Tsietsi Motseare’s danger. Bonang Mohapi could have done better when he found himself in an open space just outside the box, but his shot went off target in the 34th minute.

Sky Battalion were now looking for a goal and Monne Pitso did well to clear the ball on Thabang Malane’s foot, and moments later, Rorisang Moabi produced a brilliant save to deny Brown a diving header.

HT: Kick4Life 1-0 Sky Battalion

The visitors regrouped for the second half, but could do little to truly trouble a Kick4Life side determined to keep a grip on three precious points. Brown was now becoming a threat to the opponents as his superbly curled ball forced keeper Moabi to fist over the bar in the 49th minute. A few minutes later, Brown’s header slightly missed the goals.

Kick4Life doubled the lead in the 57th minute, this time Brown finding his long awaited goal, curling the ball into the box, and beating Moabi. Leslie Notsi then brought Likano Teele to manage the area in the left back where Sky Battalion looked lively when attacking.

Moabi was called into action again in the 62nd minute, this time doing well to deny Lesoetsa a goal. However, it did not take long for Tale to complete his brace as in the 75th minute; he dribbled passed the keeper and scored in an empty net, wrapping up the game.  

FT: (Tale 10’, 75’, Brown 57’) Kick4Life 3-0 Sky Battalion

Man of the Match: Thapelo Tale

Booked: Tseliso Ramafikeng

Starting XI: Thetsane, Pitso, Okoko (Teele 61’), Masualle, Thamahane, Mothoana, Ntoya-Malonga (Kamela 82’), Ramafikeng (Mohapi 76’), Tale, Lesoetsa, Brown

Subs: Mokhanya, Ntoi, Chabeli, Thulo

League Table

PWDLFAGDPts
1Bantu26195250133762
2Lioli26193449113860
3LCS26138538211747
4Kick4Life26136742281445
5Sky Battalion2612593327641
6LDF2610972824436
7LMPS2681262320336
8Matlama26911635221335
9Sandawana2671092529-431
10Liphakoe2677122233-1128
11Linare2669113538-327
12Likhopo2638152038-1817
13Rovers2638152251-2917
14Butha-Buthe Warriors2613221888-706

Fixtures

Fixtures for next season TBC