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KOSSA 2 – Western United 4

Western United fans were shocked when KOSSA took the lead after 13 minutes but having already struck several near misses it was only matter of time before they got their goal. A hopeful corner kick followed by sloppy defending saw Willie Shem find the back of the net and turn the game into a real contest.
Throughout the first half KOSSA were in control and they had Western United covered at every entrance with top defending from Seni Ngava, Michael Sira and Stanton Hila. However, scoring was an issue for them and many a chance went to waste as Harrison Mala found his crosses sail. The youngster had the speed advantage against the older Western United defenders but often he did not have the support he needed and this left KOSSA with only a narrow lead at halftime.
The second half started saw Western United return with a little more composure and within 6 minutes of the restart they equalised. John Anita was in a good position when the KOSSA defenders failed to clear away a cross from the left and he volleyed home to take the scores to 1-1.
However, within 4 minutes the game was thrown off balance once again when Mala regained the lead for KOSSA after breaking through with an individual run past 2 Western United defenders. Standing quite alone against the experienced Western United backline, Mala, did not allow himself to be intimidated and he coolly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper.
The turning point in the game came when KOSSA started to shift towards defending and this meant that the Western United midfield had more control. At this stage of the game they were channelling their attack through the centre of the KOSSA defence and left their wingmen on the right and left free to throw in additional support.
With 16 minutes yet to burn Western United grabbed the equaliser through Lenson Bisili who turned in from the left and found the top far corner of the goal. Finally sensing that they could go all the way for the win Western United put more emphasis on attacking and 2 more goals were produced before the fulltime whistle, both came from the boot of Joe Luwi who saw little action in the first half but made it all worth it with 2 neat strikes to give Western United their 4-2 win.
The win will be enough to keep Western United on top of the table regardless of the result between Solomon Warriors and Koloale. However, having dropped points against Marist Fire the previous week the net is slowly closing around Western United and they cannot afford to lose any more of their remaining matches.

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