Round 5 Review

However, Sunday provided much entertainment and even amusement for fans as Malaita Kingz and Western United took charge of their draws.
Malaita Kingz opened round 5 with a thundering victory over Marist Fire that spoke volumes of the improvements made by the Auki based club after the first season. Relying on speed and long defence splitting passes they were able to get the better of their opponents 5 times for a memorable win.
Former national beach soccer player, Michael Taeman, opened scoring for the provincial side after only 8 minutes and six minutes later he added another to make it 2-nil. Despite the best defensive efforts of Marist Fire they were not able to prevent Malaita Kingz from getting a third goal in the first half through Charles Irobina.
The second half saw more heart from Marist Fire but Malaita Kingz were sensing that a big win was on the cards for them and they continued the search for goals. Marist Fire’s defensive setup held them out for 30 minutes in the second half but it was only a matter of time before Malaita Kingz struck again. Jack Jethro completed a strong individual run with a cheeky shot into the back of the net after he dribbled past one defender. Just four minutes later the win was all but secure when Irobina netted his second to take the scores to 5-nil.
Malaita Kingz’s victory was all about confidence and the pace of their game will surely be something for opponents to be conscious of if not worried about. The ability to string together long accurate passes with splitting runs turned the day into a success for them. Last season this club struggled with scoring but if this result is anything to go by that is a problem they have overcome.
Western United came close to being overrun by a comeback fight from Real Kakamora but they held out to win by 4-2, thus, confirming their berth at the top of the league ladder for another week at least. Real Kakamora put up a strong fight and could have easily walked away with a draw had they not wasted 2 golden opportunities going towards fulltime.
Goals from Lenson Bisili and Himson Teleda set the pace for Western United but that was all that they could manage in the first half despite their dominance in the centre of the park. Bisili’s was a lucky strike but it counted nonetheless and Teleda’s was the result of good control and patience on the part of the winger.
Real Kakamora were more composed in the second half and the game started getting serious when they claimed back their share of control in the midfield. Ian Ngahugari, who was out of the picture mostly in the first half, quickly became a pain for the Western United defenders. However, Western United struck first when they extended their lead through Moffat Kilifa after a counterattack.
Nicholas Muri gave Western United a scare when he headed home a corner kick but his team lost concentration following his goal and allowed in an easy one right after the restart when Kilifa scored his second of the day. Johan Doiwale was able to push his side to a respectable score line when he scored the final goal of the game with 10 minutes left to play.
With the results Western United tops the league table with 12 points and Malaita Kingz follow closely behind with 10 points. Both sides have played 5 games each and that has helped with their points tally as well. Koloale and Solomon Warriors follow in the third and fourth respectively but the duo have 2 matches in hand and are likely to pressure Western United and Malaita Kingz for the top 2 positions when they play their catch-up matches.
Solomon Warriors will be playing their first catch up match on Wednesday against Real Kakamora. The fixture is from Round 3 and is one in the list matches cancelled due to bad weather. More catch-up matches are scheduled for next week.
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