The fulltime score effectively summarises the match and it was only a penalty that enabled Western United to escape the fate Koloale suffered against Real Kakamora the previous weekend where the match ended in a nil-all draw.
Western United had full strength squad on the park but it meant little to Real Kakamora who now have in their coaching staff former Solomon Islands midfielder, Henry Koto. Real Kakamora played with passion and a powerful determination not to be considered walkovers.
Both clubs shared one notable chance each in the first half as proceedings took place mostly in the midfield where most of the battle took place. However, George Fiusau almost broke the deadlock and give Real Kakamora the lead in the 19th minute but a scrambling save from Phillip Mango denied him.
At the other end of the pitch Lenson Bisili was denied by some brave goalkeeping by Santus Kabini.
The second half brought about little more enterprising from both sides but Western United had a slight upperhand courtesy the presence of Benjamin Totori. His free kick just after the break was on target but save for the cross bar.
Akin Kaua almost pierced the Real Kakamora armour in the 57th minute but his header is just wide. His effort was repeated by Cornelly Rata for Real Kakamora but Mango came out to make the save.
Western United were handed a golden chance in the 68th minute when Himson Teleda was fouled inside the box – a controversial decision which ignited some animated protests from the Real Kakamora camp. Totori took the kick and scored to give Western United the lead.
Real Kakamora knew that their opponents were not far off and pressured them for an equaliser but with tiring legs late in the much nothing came of their efforts and Western United claw home to an important win.
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0’ Match gets underway
5’ Western United start with more determination
19’ George Fiusau is denied a chance to score for Real Kakamora
24’ Lenson Bisili’s shot is denied by Real Kakamora goalkeeper, Santus Kabini
45’ One minute of additional time will be played
First half ends
Second half starts
55’ Western United win a freekick just outside the penalty box and Benjamin Totori lines up the kick. His shot is on target but the ball rebounds into the field after hitting the underside of the cross bar.
57’ Atkin Kaua’s header has the power but not the direction he wants.
59’ Cornelly Rata attempts a header of Western United goalkeeper, Phillip Mango, but the youngster reads him well and makes a save.
68’ A penalty is awarded to Western United for a foul on Himson Teleda.
69’ Goal: Real Kakamora 0 – Western United 1: Benjamin Totori scores the penalty
74’ Abraham Iniga for Western United attempts a shot on goal but misses.
90’ Two minutes of additional time is indicated.
The match ends