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Western United 3 – Hana 1

The winners put on show a well structured system of play that gave them 2 first half goals and they enjoyed considerable control of the proceedings until the halftime break when their opponent crept back into the game on the back of some well selected substitutions.
Western United coach Stefan Metanolmski said that the match was an important one for both teams but he was happy the win belonged to his.
“Today was a very important game for both teams but particularly for us because we have to maintain our lead in the table going into the second round of the league. It was a challenging game because we did not have the best preparations due to the weather but overall I feel that we played well and am happy with the result,” Metanolmski said.
Metanolmski also praised his 2 new signings Joe Luwi and Jack Wetney who both made considerable contributions to the win.
“Joe and Jack are real assets to the team because of their experience and I think our young players will benefit from the duo’s time with us. Joe played well today but I still shared with him at the end of the game certain areas he might want to work on,” Metanolmski said.
His counterpart Rex Masuaku felt that his players missed out on important scoring opportunities in the second half and this is what cost them the game but was already looking forward to their next match with hope.
“In the first half the players placed more emphasis on defence but we improved in the second half to create some very good scoring opportunities. Unfortunately, we did not take our chances and we allowed Western United to win this game,” Masuaku said.
“We aimed to win this match but it did not happen but we have another chance to win next weekend and we will hard towards that throughout the coming week.”
Luwi put Western United in front after 18 minutes with a thundering shot to the top of the net when he hit home a rebound from a Hana defender. United had several more chances to score again but their second did not come until the 41st minute when Michael Boso’s header turned a Wetney corner kick into a goal.
Hana did not put up much of a fight in the first half and gave Western United so much of the ball to play with. However, strong defending from Dalton Maesia and Martin Saleimanu kept their opponent’s tally within reach. Their approach turned in the second half and they started causing real problems for the Western United midfielders who were constantly pressured by Remarx Kwaria and Jeffery Henry.
Western United fans were shaken in the 72nd minute when substitute Godwin Bebeu scored to draw the score-line closer at 2-1. The attack was led by Tony Otini who drew away markers to the right leaving Bebeu free in the centre and the cross was easy enough for the former international to shoot past Felix Ray Jnr.
The goal fired up the Hana players and they chased the equaliser with the belief that the game could be theirs after all. However, a defensive lapse allowed Doke Huka to score from a tight angle with 3 minutes left to go and with it Western United’s win was sealed.
Western United now have 16 points after their 7 matches in the league. Malaita Kingz are in second place with 13 points but Solomon Warriors have a chance to slip above them when they take on Real Kakamora on Sunday.

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