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Koloale 1 – Marist Fire 1

Jeffery Allen’s men were all about composure and control in the first half but they could only take one of their chances to lead 1-0 at half time. This lead was, however, taken apart after they let their guard down midway through the second half. In the dying minutes Marist Fire threatened to grab the lead but Koloale held the balance till fulltime to share the spoils with the bottom place side in the competition.
Of course, the happier side at the end of the day was Marist Fire. The result gives them only their second point of the competition and what a club to win that point against. However, believing they could win earlier would have given them better returns from the match.
Koloale started purposefully and were threatening but Marist Fire kept them at bay until midway through the first half when Benjamin Totori dribbled past several flat-footed defenders to put his team in front. Several times more the Koloale striker went close but Marist Fire held him back with especially good defending coming from Joshua Tuasulia.
Concentration started falling for Koloale in the second half and Marist Fire started entering the game with more belief. The middle area of the field dominated by Koloale in the first half opened up and Marist Fire were able to get in the contest. The Marist Fire backline was also more confident and Totori and James Naka were closed down whenever they had the ball in their possession.
Marist Fire’s hard work paid off handsomely for them when Abraham Iniga hammered home a lucky strike past Shadrack Ramoni. The Koloale defenders left the ball hanging about in their defensive area for too long and Iniga pounced on the opportunity to put his team on level with the defending champions.
Finally, realising that the 3 points could be theirs after all Marist Fire went on an all out attack on Koloale and almost got the winner when Joachim Kairi beat Samson Takayama with a back pass to Peter Timi but the substitute could only send his shot directly at Ramoni who parried it away to safety.
Koloale’s last minute attempts to regain control of the match were hopeful at best and did not concern the Marist Fire goalkeeper too much. The joy of the result was clearly visible on the Marist Fire players and management when the final whistle sounded but the challenge for them to move out of bottom place still remains.

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