They were precise in distributing the ball and running into space much to the alarm of their hosts who had their hands full in trying to keep them at bay
NC Liverpool was lucky to survive a nail-biting clash at the AR Abass Stadium on Saturday against a revved-up United Rovers of De Aar with the local side managing to scrape through following a 3-2 goal-fest.
The first half score was 1-0 in favour of the Pixley ka Seme district visitors at the match venue packed with Liverpool’s spectators who were decked out in the club’s red and white regalia. To crown it all among them was the club owner Andrew Sekgabi and his wife as well as veteran club supporters Oupa Jacobs and Junior Mpotsang.
Rovers were businesslike from the get-go. They were precise in distributing the ball and running into space much to the alarm of their hosts who had their hands full in trying to keep them at bay.
And it was due to this intent that Rovers were first to draw blood in the 24th minute. Striker Roberto Baartman found the net from open play to put Rovers ahead 1-0. The first half ended in that fashion.
In the second half, a different ball game was on display at pitchside. Liverpool’s perseverance against the unrelenting Rovers onslaught paid off when they were awarded a penalty spot-kick. Liverpool striker Sabata Letsatsa took the kick on the 57th-minute mark and levelled matters at 1-1.
The battle continued relentlessly on the turf. During the course of play, Liverpool got a corner kick around the 65th minute. Lehlohonolo Motinyane sent a piledrive into the box where Ben Ntsioa headed home and made it 2-1 for the hosts.
Ten minutes later Rovers were similarly awarded a penalty spot-kick for an identical offence of ball-to-hand. Andries van Staden stepped up to the chalk spot and made it 2-all. With a minute to spare to full-time Lehlohonolo Motinyane latched onto a pass and let rip to the Rovers posts beating the goalkeeper squarely to stand the match tally at 3-2.
Meanwhile, in the SAB regional league, Sol Plaatje University FC opened their 2019/20 season campaign with an away win against Dalton Brothers at the Galeshewe Stadium on Sunday by beating the veteran club 2-0. SPU player Ithuteng Kgarane got on the scoreboard for both goals.
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