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Solomon Warriors 1 – Western United 1

Despite the disparity in profile, Western United came out firing in the opening minutes and caused some problems for the Solomon Warriors defence who did well to hold back Nathan Kera in the first 10 minutes.
James Naka was on fire for Solomon Warriors but he was not wearing his scoring boots and he saw a number of shots go wide as he punctuated the attack from Western United with his tricky runs past their defenders.
The pressure from Western United paid off in the 22nd minute when a Himson Teleda cross was deflected into the back of the net by George Kwanae to give them the lead.
A few minutes later things worsened for Solomon Warriors when Kwanae adding to his misfortune for the day by receiving a red card for a high tackle on Kera who required medical attention after the incident.
Down by one player Solomon Warriors struggled to gather themselves forward but to the credit of their backline they denied Western United from getting another goal.
Minutes before halftime Western United were also reduced to 10 men when Michael Boso was given his marching orders by referee John Sa’ohu for a high kick on Peter Taloga and while spectators did not agree with his decision it was final.
Solomon Warriors, were more composed than Western United in the second half and they kept their opponents in their own half for most of the game but the goal they looked for did not come until after Dennis Ifunaoa was substituted in in the 59th minute.
Ifunaoa threatened to equalise soon after going in but his moment of glory came in the 71st minute when he received a pass from Naka before chipping the ball over Felix Ray Jnr. to give Solomon Warriors the equaliser.
The goal sparked the whole Solomon Warriors outfit into action and they pushed hard in search for the winner and while Bata Furai and Willie Daudau both went close in the dying minutes the winner refused to come.
The result keeps Western United on second spot with 10 points and Solomon Warriors are now sixth in the table with 6 points. Koloale still top the table on 12 points.

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