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Warriors seal series in eight goal thriller

A stellar performance from James Naka was the highlight of the day for hosts Solomon Warriors but his club almost lost the plot to a Brian Kaltack led resurgence from Erakor Golden Star in the second half. However, the home side cruised to the finish line with ease in the dying minutes as the visitors dropped focus and they regain control.
Naka, who finished the match with a hat trick, was philosophical about his contribution to the win.
“It was a good game today for me because I found myself in a good rhythm and with confidence. This was missing on Monday and I hope I can build upon this for the season,” says the man former KOSSA front man.
Futsal international Micah Lea’alafa also had a memorable day and it was he who set up Naka for the first goal in the 9th minute. However, the joy from the local fans was short lived as Kaltack (Brian) orchestrated the reply from a set-piece and Nemany Roqara finished with the header.
Solomon Warriors kept the pressure on Erakor Golden Star and within four minutes of the equaliser regained the lead. Naka beat the offside trap with a well timed run and tipped the ball over Ernest Bong for an easy one. Jean Kaltack almost levelled the scores again in the 34th minute but his header from point blank range grazed over the cross bar. Lea’alafa, however, did not make the same mistake when he took the score line to 3-1 Solomon Warriors way with shot 6 minutes before the break.
The second half went off with a bang when Kaltack (Brian) scored Erakor Golden Star’s second goal just two minutes after the restart. His shot was taken from outside the 18 yard box and took the Solomon Warriors goalkeeper, Silas Seda, completely by surprise. The momentum saw Erakor Golden Star win a controversial penalty which was awarded by the first assistant referee. Jackson Tasso took the kick and sent Seda the wrong way to level proceedings.
Solomon Warriors were now under pressure to produce something and the local fans were starting to voice their displeasure. Nerves were quickly settled when Naka found the back of the net for his third of the day with his trademark left foot shot taken from 24 yards out. Lea’alafa then seal Erakor Golden Star’s fate with a brilliant individual goal that saw him prance around Bong before sending the ball into the empty goal.
The home side were in control of the midfield for most of the game and this helped them break past their opponents on many occasions. However, poor finishing continued to be an issue and there are questions over the solidity of the backline. For the visitors their inability to gain a footing in the middle of the park will be a concern. However, they are improving on their combinations up front and today they displayed some teeth by going for goal more often than in the first game.
The final friendly match will take place at 4:30pm on Friday at Lawson Tama stadium. Erakor Golden Star will depart the country on Saturday.

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