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Honiara sides book semi final spots

The matches were so much more heated compared to yesterday as the teams fought a last gasp fight for a chance to make it into the semi finals. Marist was the only side who had their qualification confirmed after the second round for both pools were completed yesterday.
KOSSA were the second side in the competition to book their place in the semi finals after their 6 – 3 win over Marist. The tussle between the 2 was as entertaining as it was tough and the 9 goals was more than enough entertainment for the crowd who turned up to witness proceedings. Dickson Ramo top performed for KOSSA with the second hat trick of the championship and Dennis Ifunaoa, Eddie Kasute’e Jnr. and Henry Ma’abe added 1 each to take their total to 6. Marist replied with one goal from Paul Hiri and Henry To’o’s double.
Koloale finished with a close win against Isabel but they had to wait until later on in the afternoon to know if they still remained in the competition. For both team it was a fight to survive and the action on the court and the vocal support from the sidelines made it one of the great matches to have been played in the competition so far. In the end one had to win and Koloale, who had the expert hands of David Lafai as goalkeeper, went on to claim full 3 points. Jeffery Bule scored twice for Koloale and the third goal came from Ian Paia. Isabel’s goals were scored by John Sonny and Selwyn Rano.
By the time that Malaita and Guadalcanal took to the court both were already eliminated courtesy of the result between Marist and KOSSA earlier in the afternoon. However, finishing with a win was important for either side and this was translated into their game as the match took a physical nature. The Malaitan team that played today showed more maturity than in their early games and they proved to be a handful for their opponents. Level 1-all at halftime more action came in the second half but Guadalcanal were the lucky ones as they got the winning goal to secure their first 3 points of the championship. Dennis Salo and Appolos Talo got the goals for Guadalcanal and David Moses scored for Malaita.
Brisolona survived a nail biter against Makira Ulawa to qualify for the second round after they were held goalless in the first half by their provincial opponents. Makira Ulawa tipped the balance of things when they defeated Koloale yesterday and today again they proved why they are the best provincial side in the competition. Throughout the first half it was Brisolona goalkeeper, Paul Huia, who was kept busy as the shots came raining in from the Makira Ulawa forwards. Up front they were given little space to play and this kept the Brisolona players and bench frustrated as they tried to pry their way through the tough Makira Ulawa defenders. National beach soccer team player, McPhillip Aisa, was the hero for Brisolona with the only goal in the match giving his side a narrow but valuable win and the important 3 points which takes them through without a doubt.
The semi finals will be played tomorrow afternoon at the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) academy grounds south court. The first semi features defending champions, KOSSA, against the runners-up of 2010, Koloale. The second semi final is between Brisolona and Marist. The semi final matches will kickoff at 2pm and 4pm respectively.
The grand final and losers final will be played on Saturday.

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