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Solomon Warriors 5 – KOSSA 2

A brace each by classy strikers Dennis Ifunaoa and Micah Lea’alafa plus an early strike by Michael Molea made sure that the Warriors hunt for the NSL top spot look bright. In a nail biting crunch match that saw both teams go for the breather with the scores locked at one all, the Warriors came back more determined thumping four goals in the second stanza and walk home with all three points.
Warriors started off the game the brightest with good coordination from midfielder Judd Molea, feeding his strikers Michael Lea’alafa, Dennis Ifunaoa and Kidstone Billy, however failing to penetrate through the KOSSA Defence in the opening minutes of the game. Ten minutes into kickoff, Judd Molea again broke through having evaded two KOSSA defenders flicked on a quick pass to Kidstone Billy who sent a lovely through ball for the onrushing Jerry Donga who unfortunately mistimed the bail, sending it way over the crossbar.
KOSSA on the other hand having seen Warriors dominate early on started to settle down, played according to their game plan and creating more chances. Philip Ashley caught the Warriors defence napping when he was put through by Willie Riqeo, only to see his attempt sail across the Warriors goal mouth and out for a goal kick.
Ashley, Riqeo and Johnson Wanefai created a whole of problems for the Warriors defence within the first 15 minutes, however good defence play by Hardis Aengari, Loea Mani and Jeffery Bule made sure that they don’t concede any early goals.
Judd Molea’s well timed cross was headed out by the KOSSA defence only to see some quick reflexes by Michael Molea well outside the 18 yard box saw the ball bounce off his shoulders and into the net, giving Solomon Warriors the lead.
KOSSA then responded with a sweet equalizer from flanker Paul Wale as the game reached the half hour mark.
Wale made no mistake in hammering the ball past the helpless Warriors keeper after team-mate Wanefai had sent in a low cross which came straight into his path.
KOSSA then started playing one touch football through its strikers David Ramosaea, Philip Ashley and Harrison Mala, however their chances were either thumped off target or landed in the safe hands of Warriors keeper Silas Seda.
The two teams went for the breather with the scores locked at 1-1.
The second half saw Warriors play a more attacking football, utilizing its attacking pact of Billy, Ifunaoa, Lea’alafa, Donga and Judd Molea-dominating more possession and creating more goal scoring opportunities.
Their attempts were rewarded only five minutes inside the second half when Ifunaoa blasted home a through ball by Kidstone Billy after good build up from Jerry Donga. Judd then almost got himself on the score sheet after playing one touch football with Billy, saw his shot fly inches wide.
Warriors were then handed their third goal 7 minutes later this time by Futsal sensation Lea’alafa who tapped home an excelled through ball from Billy. Warriors fresh from the three early second half goals continued to pressurize the KOSSA defence with more through balls to Ifunaoa, Lea’alafa, Donga and Billy.
However KOSSA defenders Seni Ngava and Mark Genora made sure the onslaughts were unsuccessful.
Ifunaoa then added his second and the Warriors fourth with ten minutes remaining after beating Seni Ngava sent the ball through to Donga who danced his way past two other KOSSA defenders and unselfishly laid the ball back for Ifunaoa to tap home.
KOSSA in need of motivation included some fresh blood, bringing on Steve Rongosulia and Franco Ne’e-the move paid off when and KOSSA snatching its third goal through Harrison Mala who caught the Warriors defence napping and easily tapped home a through ball by Ne’e over the head of the onrushing Seda.
Warriors then sent in Molea Tigi and Casper Aengari for Billy and Donga-the two wasted no time in making their presence felt, setting up chances for Ifunaoa and Lea’alafa however were never utilized.
On the stroke of 90 minutes, Lea’alafa hammered the final nail to the coffin, sending the Warriors supporters into jubilations, smacking home a pinpoint cross by Molea Tigi to wrap a five start display by the Solomon Warriors.