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Malaita Kingz 1 – Koloale 4

Malaita Kingz fought gallantly in the first half but Ezra Sale’s 33rd minute goal broke their resolve and they handed control over to Koloale from then on. Koloale showed signs of missing their forward Benjamin Totori but were able to get the win they needed for an easy ride to the finish line.
Koloale go hard early controlling possession and all the attacking opportunities in the first 5 minutes. Ian Paia was hot on the heels of a through ball in the 3rd minute but Leon Fox came out quickly to gather the ball up ahead of the impending danger from the young forward.
Koloale’s hard work is not getting them the rewards they are looking for as they are kept frustrated by the defensive abilities of Fanai Koti and Jack Wasi. Sale, had a chance to give the lead in the 10th minute but he was called offside by the second assistant referee. A header from Joses Nawo on the right forces an excellent save from Fox who did well to position himself after earlier pressure from Ian Paia on the left.
Malaita Kingz work a quick counter attack on Koloale in the 30th minute and almost got the lead save for the safe hands of Eddie Ramo who reached up high to tip the ball away. Jack Jethro was the architect on the right wing crossing in for Bartholomew Sale who headed towards goal.
Koloale clinch the lead in controversial circumstances when Ezra Sale finds the back of the net from close range after a pass from Nawo on the left. Malaita Kingz players are not happy claiming that Sale was in the offside position when he received the pass but no avail came from referee, Nelson Sogo.
A slender lead was all that Koloale gained from the first half despite their efforts. Malaita Kingz still have 45 minutes to challenge Koloale who have a long ride home but winning the game will be paramount for them and their opponents will have to put in extra work to steal the show from the high flyers.
Koloale were put to the test early in the second half as the Malaita Kingz forwards searched for the equaliser.
Koloale’s advantage was given some insurance when Paia hit home a rebound inside the 6-yard box to extend their lead to 2 – 0. The goal came as a result of a defensive error after confusion in the Malaita Kingz goal area resulted in the ball falling to the unmarked Paia who is not known for making a mistake from that distance.
Nawo puts Koloale further in front after breaking free from his marker on the far side and driving the ball low and hard past Fox in the 68th minute.
Malaita Kingz’s persistence wins them a penalty kick in the 84th minute when Gideon Omokirio brought down Michael Taeman in the box. Sammy Willie stood up to take the kick sending the ball in powerfully into the back of the net for their only goal of the match.
An own goal at the stroke of fulltime pushes the score line to 4 – 1 in favour of Koloale but Henry Fa’arodo Jnr. will be claiming some credit because the original shot came from him before it rebounded off Karsley Fika.
Three minutes later the fulltime whistle signalled sending Koloale into the history books as the first national soccer league premiers in Solomon Islands. Their hard work throughout the season has certainly paid and the USD$15 000-00 first prize will come as worthy reward for their players.

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