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Marist Fire 2 – Western United 2

The first half was all Marist Fire who were riding on the back of an impressive 1-1 draw against Koloale the previous week. While odds were mostly in favour of Western United, the action on the field was a far cry from any record they held over Marist Fire.
Marist Fire took the lead in the 24th minute after Martin Ruhasia’s free kick found its way past Felix Ray Jnr. who made a good attempt for the shot but could not get a finger on it. The free kick was taken almost 40 metres from goal but it still had the power to rebound violently off the inner brace and it took a couple of moments before the referee could ascertain that it was a goal.
Two (2) minutes away from halftime Marist Fire were awarded a penalty after Tutizama Tanito was fouled inside the Western United penalty area by Leslie Leo. Abraham Iniga stood up for the penalty kick and sent it into the back of the net with ease.
Staring defeat in the face Western United came up with some changes in the second half that saw them bring the situation under control but their efforts were not enough to get a win. Joe Luwi scored in the 65th minute to inject some life into the Western United fans in the stands and when John Anita levelled just 2 minutes later finally they had something to celebrate.
The downpour in the second half made the field wet and this affected both team as the ball moved even quicker and made long passes difficult to get right. Western United lost the use of their 1-touch passing style and this weakened their attack while Marist Fire also had issues of their own when trying to counter attack.
While the single point from the match takes Western United back to the top of the Telekom S-League table they have lost the opportunity to remain 3 points ahead of Solomon Warriors who are hot on their heels. For Marist Fire it is another point well earned and it may signal a turnaround in the club’s fortunes this round.

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