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Marist Fire 0 – KOSSA 3

Back in KOSSA’s lineup was midfielder Franco Ne’e and forward Nicholas Muri who like James Naka and Fred Hale of Solomon Warriors were away on international duty with the Solomon Islands national beach soccer team during their team’s last 2 matches.
Like in their previous matches Marist Fire started well and the combination of Joachim Waroi and Elliot Ragomo proved to be a handful for the KOSSA defense line.
Ragomo and Waroi were behind Marist Fire’s first goal which was ultimately disallowed because the goal scorer (Ragomo) was in the offside position when the ball was passed to him and this also proved to be the turning point of the match as the controversy of the assistant referee’s decision got to the minds of the (Marist Fire) players.
By the time the Marist Fire players recovered from their disappointment and got their rhythm back online KOSSA were in front courtesy of a James Egeta penalty in the 22nd minute following Abraham Misitomu’s foul on Stanton Hila inside their 18 yard box.
Marist Fire regrouped strongly to challenge KOSSA for an equalizer but this failed to come as better defending from their opposing backline denied them the opportunity for a clear shot.
Ragomo went close with his shot on 30 minutes but veteran goalkeeper Severino Aefi was in fine form and judged correctly to make a good save.
Seven (7) minutes later KOSSA increased their lead to 2 – 0 when Willie Lamani bicycle kicked the ball over the Marist Fire defenders and into the net from a Seni Ngava taken corner kick and they took with them this lead into the halftime break.
The second stanza was dominated by Marist Fire’s fight to get back into the game but unfortunately for them their best efforts came in short and they fell to their second defeat of the season.
KOSSA added another goal in the second half through substitute Jack Samani who headed in a corner to redeem himself from another scoring opportunity he missed just a few minutes earlier.
While the 2 teams were equally matched in attacking KOSSA were better in defense and the combination of Ngava, Lamani, Hila and Michael Sira held their ground to round up a deserving win for their side.
Nicholas Muri’s red card late in the second half will be KOSSA’s only concern since he will miss their next match.

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