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Solomon Warriors win TSL league

Malaita Kingz were the only obstacle in Solomon Warriors’ march to the title and a confident performance from them saw the runners-up from the first season make it home with still a match to spare. A sparkling performance from their stars made the job seem easy but gallant defending in the opening stanza kept Solomon Warriors frustrated for 18 minutes before they found a way to break through.
Dennis Ifunaoa will be remembered as the one that made it happen with a double strike starting with the opening that Micah Lea’alafa expertly crafted for him with a neat through ball that the striker hammered home. However, the match was far from won then and Solomon Warriors were with only a narrow advantage when they left for the halftime break.
They got an excellent restart when Jerry Donga made it 2 to the good five minutes after the breather. Donga picked up a pass 30 yards from goal and then dribbled past 2 defenders before slotting the ball past Leon Fox. Now with a one goal buffer Solomon Warriors pressed for the finisher and Ifunaoa answered again with a scorcher that the Malaita Kingz goalkeeper could do little about.
Solomon Warriors will play their final match of the league on Wednesday, against Real Kakamora, but that will be a mere formality. Their win against Malaita Kingz puts them on top with 31 points but they still have the chance to raise it to 34 points when the meet Real KakamorA. Their closest rival Western United has played all of its league matches and while they also have 31 points they are far behind in terms of goal difference.
For Solomon Warriors it is the continuation of their success from the first season of the Telekom S-League which saw them finish in second place in the league and as winners of the championship series. Their determination to win resulted in the recruitment of former KOSSA coach, Moses Toata, and Batram Suri who have helped instil greater on-field discipline in team an area which often failed them in past.
The third place in the league goes to Koloale who saw a drop in their performance compared to the first season where they seemingly breezed through all of their matches. This season saw them change coaches three times and they ended the league with their former midfielder, Henry Koto, as coach. Koto took over from American Jeffery Allen late in March.
Fourth place in the league falls, interestingly, to Real Kakamora, a club which amazingly turned around their fortunes this year to finish among the top four. In the league last season they finished last with only 2 points from 14 matches. Their performance lifted greatly this season following the recruitment of new coaches and several new players in their line up.
Fifth place goes to Malaita Kingz who find themselves in the same position they were in in the first season. KOSSA follows in sixth place in what is a considerable drop for the club and they have a late stir in their performance to thank for escaping from the seventh position. Hana are in 7th place and Marist Fire are in the 8th position after they managed only a single win in the league.
The next stage for the Telekom S-League is the championship series which will feature all 8 clubs in the competition. The first stage is a home-and-away playoff between 2 clubs matched by their position in the league standings. The format is such that the first placed club will play the eighth placed, the second will play the seventh and so forth. Hence, the championship group stage playoffs shall be between Solomon Warriors and Marist Fire, Western United and Hana, Koloale and KOSSA and Real Kakamora and Malaita Kingz. The winners of the playoffs will advance to the finals.
The date for the kickoff of the championship is not yet decided but the closure of Lawson Tama in preparation for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Nations Cup tournament in June may result in a postponement. The Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Telekom S-League management will be meeting with clubs this Friday to finalise details for the championship.
Solomon Islands representative in the next O-League will be decided by the victor of the playoff between the league champion and the championship winner. In the case that the same club wins both the league and the championship, that club will automatically qualify for the O-League.
The national football league, Telekom S-League, in Solomon Islands is sponsored by Our Telekom.
View the latest Telekom S-League table here.

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