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Solomon Warriors set up final with Koloale

Solomon Warriors, of course, had the upper hand in the match but no one could have expected them to win by this margin. Western United were capable of winning or at least a more respectable score line but their opponents took the game by its horns and reigned it in their favour.
The contest appeared tighter at least in the opening minutes as both sides pushed for the all important early goal. Western United keeper, Felix Ray Jnr., was tested twice before 10 minutes with one shot coming from young striker, Dennis Ifunaoa.
Solomon Warriors took the lead in the 10th minute from the boot of Kidston Billy who had been menacing the Western United defenders from the opening whistle. He had a couple of defenders chasing him but experience was on his side and he coolly slotted the ball to the far post for his side’s first of the day.
Western United were not put down by Solomon Warriors goal and they took the game to their opponents in the 17th minute almost scoring through Hickley Rence who placed his shot directly towards the goalkeeper. He knew he should have done better and the sigh from his club’s supporters confirmed that.
With 10 minutes left before half time the game became a contest again when Coleman Makau scored for Western United to draw the scores level. Rence was the player making the initial impact and Makau made sure the ball went in.
However, the equality in scores was short lived as Ifunaoa put Solomon Warriors back in front with lovely shot from inside the box just 3 minutes later. Ifunaoa had Kakate to thank for the cross but full credit goes to him for sending the ball past the line of Western United defenders.
Solomon Warriors went further in front in the 39th minute when Kakate got in on the scoring. He was quick enough to pick out a long cross and then he raced towards goal before sending the ball to the far post past Felix Ray Jnr.
Already with a safe lead their way Solomon Warriors were still looking for more goals when they came back from the half time break. Western United were pushed into defending in their own half and whenever they broke out they barely made it past the halfway line.
The game was almost all over for Western United in 55th minute when Kakate bagged his second of the game and Solomon Warriors fourth of the day. Beating the Western United offside trap Kakate had only the goalkeeper to deal with and once again he came out on top shooting in to the net with ease.
Western United’s chance for a goal in the second half went to Rence who headed for goal from a Tutizama Tanito cross but found Paul Huia too good on the save employing his futsal reflexes to tap the ball away.
The defeat was comprehensive for Western United when substitute Tigi Molea Toata sank the final goal minutes before time. Kakate lobbed the cross for him and all he had to do was hit the ball home which was easy enough since the cross was almost perfect. His goal gave Solomon Warriors a commanding 5 – 1 lead and they knew they were in control as they started pushing in their bench players onto the field.
The remaining minutes till full time passed as a mere formality as the Solomon Warriors showed to the crowd why they are the best team on the park by passing the ball around and attacking with impunity. As the final whistle came it was the Western United camp who looked like the ones who were relieved as the threat of further embarrassment was halted only then.
Solomon Warriors will go into the grand final with Koloale with the objective of forcing their bitter rivals into a play off for the chance to represent Solomon Islands in the 2011/12 O-League. The $150 000 first prize will only be a secondary motivation as this side continues their search for their first ever international ticket.
The grand final and losers final will take place on Sunday June 5. Western United will meet KOSSA in the losers final which will kick off at 1:00pm. The Solomon Warriors v. Koloale clash will be at 3:00pm.
Tickets will be selling at $40-00 for the grand stand and $10-00 for adults and $5-00 for children on the hillside.

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