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Honiara giants share points

Solomon Warriors went in with a star studded line up which included former KOSSA and Rewa striker James Naka and the former Nelson Suburbs (New Zealand) duo of Casper and Hadisi Aengari.
KOSSA, on the other hand, have lost some of their top players over the last few years so their line up was a mixture of the old and the new but still had the experience of Franco Ne’e and veteran goalkeeper Severino Aefi in store for the game.
The start belonged to Solomon Warriors who used the pace of Dennis Ifunaoa to good effect and he almost scored save for the safe hands of Aefi who denied the youngster a number of times in the first half.
After 19 minutes of play something had to give with all the runs and passes that were made by both sides and it was Solomon Warriors who got in front with Aengari’s (Casper) strike from inside the KOSSA penalty area.
KOSSA had their first chance to equalise midway through the first half but Clifford Wate sent his shot high above the cross bar when the ball rebounded towards him on the 6 yard line and KOSSA fans were not happy with his miss.
However, KOSSA levelled terms in the 41st minute through Franco Ne’e who helped home a shot from Stanton Hila from just yards out from the Solomon Warriors goalmouth.
Solomon Warriors definitely had more chances to score in the first half compared to KOSSA but possession was more or less even as was the score line when the teams went out for the halftime break.
KOSSA returned in the second half with more vigour and they stole the lead away from Solomon Warriors through Clifford Wate who made amends for his mistake in the first half bicycle kicking a rebound into the net in the 46th minute.
The risk of ending the game without a point became all too real for the Solomon Warriors after a good start and they threw more effort into levelling with KOSSA and they came close a number of times but were repelled by the KOSSA defenders.
However, midway through the second half Solomon Warriors prayers were answered when Dennis Ifunaoa beat the KOSSA offside trap to score in the 61st minute to equalise with their opponents at 2 all.
The KOSSA players protested that Ifunaoa was offside but referee Nelson Sogo stood his ground and awarded the goal.
Both sides made substitutions to strengthen their attack in the search for a winner in the remaining but neither could add any more goals to their tally for the day and were content to share a point each from what was an entertaining match between 2 of the contenders for the Telekom S-League title.
KOSSA will meet Koloale at 4:00pm on Thursday while Solomon Warriors will wait until Saturday 1:00pm when they will take on Hana.

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