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Solomon Warriors 0 – Koloale 1

Solomon Warriors were boosted by the return of forward James Naka and goalkeeper Fred Hale to their lineup after the duo were away for 2 weeks on international duty with the Solomon Islands national beach soccer team.
The pressure from Solomon Warriors was pronounced in the first 10 minutes and Koloale’s game plan was thrown into disarray leaving them with few options up front but they quickly settled down and applied more control in the centre of the park.
James Naka registered his team’s intentions in the 6th minute with a powerful shot that went only centimeters wide and good pressure also came from Kidstone Billy who kept the Koloale defenders busy throughout the first half.
Koloale’s best chance of the first half came from Jeffery Bule who somehow managed to find space to shoot in the midst of the Solomon Warriors defenders but his shot went agonizingly high.
The second half was filled with more intensity as both sides looked for the goal that would qualify them to pick up the spoils for the day.
Solomon Warriors came out more aggressively and they certainly claimed more possession as compared to Koloale but they were not able to find the back of the net.
Ian Paia punctuated the goalless tussle in the 57th minute with a goal that had Benjamin Totori written all over it since he was the one who made the break that gave his teammate the space and time to score.
Solomon Warriors fought strongly for the equalizer and almost got it when Brian Feni made a powerful run into the Koloale penalty box before supplying to Naka who turned the ball over to defender Welshman Houkaraua whose shot hit the goalpost before deflecting outwards for a goal kick.
Koloale were kept on the edge for the remaining 30 minutes and despite getting outplayed by the Solomon Warriors toward the end of the match they kept their cool to finish for a win that keeps them on top of the league ladder.

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