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Malaita Kingz 1 – KOSSA 3

Malaita Kingz who were knocked off second place by Solomon Warriors in the previous weekend’s round of catch-up matches were left in the wake of a rampant KOSSA side determined to turn their fortunes in the league around before it is too late. Charles Otainao’s hat-trick did the job for KOSSA and this earned the youngster the ‘man of the match’ award for the game.
Only four minutes pass before KOSSA were in front courtesy of a David Ramosaea crafted move which saw Otainao grab the first goal of the game. KOSSA kept the pressure on the Malaita Kingz backline steady and almost went up 2-nil when Harrison Mala found space to shoot in the 10th minute only to be denied by the towering frame of Leon Fox.
KOSSA’s confidence to attack grew by the minute but this cost them when Charles Irobina wrapped up a counter-attack with an equaliser for Malaita Kingz. Irobina picked up the long pass from just over the halfway mark and he let the ball roll past him before poking it past Stanton Hila and then headed for goal to score his team’s only strike of the game.
Otainao then returned the lead to KOSSA in the 30th minute when a defensive blunder left him free to shoot from 18 yards out. Confusion between the Malaita Kingz defenders left the ball inside their penalty area and an unkind bounce plus a well timed run saw Otainao steal possession and finish with his second of the match.
The second half started superbly for KOSSA when Mala chased the kickoff pass to the right corner flag before turning a cross to Otainao on the far side. The striker met the ball with a header to increase KOSSA’s lead to 3-1 and leave their opponents with an uphill battle to get back in the game.
Malaita Kingz’s struggle to get a share of the points was made more complicated when Michael Taeman was red carded for tripping and then stomping on Willie Riqeo. Matters went further south for Malaita Kingz when Johnstee Kusilifu was sent off for a challenge on Mala which in the referee’s opinion denied the striker a goal scoring opportunity.
The final whistle sealed KOSSA’s first victory of the season bringing to an end a long wait from their fans. A commendable fight came from Malaita Kingz but their defence was not performing as neatly as it did in the first round and this allowed KOSSA the 3 goals that them gave their victory.

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