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Semi places fully booked after day 3

Match summaries as follows:
Match No. 9 Group B Makira Ulawa Eels v. Honiara West (2 – 6)
Despite a gallant fight from the Makira Ulawa Eels their efforts to register points in this year’s championship fell short as Honiara West raced to its third straight win in style. While the first and second thirds were evenly fought it was in the final third that Honiara West flew their full colours, scoring 4 times to take the match home.
Makira Ulawa Eels shocked Honiara West when they went ahead through Jackin Manogi in the first third but they quickly levelled the scores through Peter Taloga before it ended. The second third saw both teams grab 1 goal each to finish the period at 2-all. Edward Sau scored for Makira Ulawa Eels and Misitana added Honiara West’s second.
Honiara West finally sealed their victory in the final third when they scored 4 times without reply to show the difference between the 2 sides. Thomas Taloga opened the scoring in the final third before Timothy Wale, Tony Talo and Misitana made their contributions.
This is Honiara West’s third win and they finish the group stage in pole position for Group B, thus, confirming their berth in the semi finals on Friday.
Match No. 10 Group A Makira Ulawa Sharks v. Western Kikio (10 – 6)
Just like Honiara West stamped their authority in Group B in their final pool match, Makira Ulawa Sharks also sounded the warning bell for their opponent in the semis by hammering Western Kikio 10 – 6. Western Kikio were all but defeated in the first third as a rampant Makira Ulawa Sharks side tore them to shreds even before they could settle into their game.
Matthias Saru who is fast gaining the status as the next best thing in the beach code got Makira Ulawa Sharks on their way after only 36 seconds of play. Cecil Buru then made it 2 – 0 before 17 year old Jayven Paia took them to a safe 3 to nothing lead. However, Saru was the standout and he completed his hat trick in the first third with 2 more goals arriving late. Western Kikio’s lone reply was Ben Hibicus’ long range shot.
Buru took Makira Ulawa Sharks to 6 – 1 in front when he scored 25 seconds after the restart in the second third but more pain was delivered to Western Kikio when Junior Paia topped up his team’s haul with another goal. Western Kikio managed to score 3 goals in the second period but still they were behind as the period closed.
The final third saw Makira Ulawa Sharks seal the deal with 2 more goals from Saru and 1 from Buru to take their team’s total to 10. Herry Sedi and Elliot Ragomo got on the score sheet for Western Kikio once each but it was far short of what was needed.
Makira Ulawa Sharks are now assured of their place in the semis courtesy of this result.
Match No. 11 Group B Northern United v. Guadalcanal Vali (8 – 3)
Northern United underlined why they are among the best sides this year in the competition with a 8 – 3 win over Guadalcanal Vali. The Eddie Omokirio coached side was superiors in all quarters and they comfortably got the job done.
National beach soccer team member, John Oita, opened scoring in the first third and Lawrence Hareni made it 2 – 0 before Junior Alley was able to pull one back for Guadalcanal Vali. Northern United then proceeded to dominate the second third and scored thrice without reply. Coleman Makau bagged 2 and James Egeta added 1 to take the score to 5 – 1.
The final third saw a good comeback fight from Guadalcanal Vali but Northern United kept their cool to finish by 8 goals to 3 with contributions coming from James Egeta who got 2 and John Hareni. Guadalcanal Vali’s consolation goals both came from Milton Luvusia.
Northern United are now on their way to the semis and they will meet Makira Ulawa Sharks in the first semi final.
Match No. 12 Group A Honiara East v. Central Islands (9 – 6)
The biggest comeback fight of the day has got to be from Honiara East who returned from 2 losses to clinch a semi final place with their 9 – 6 surprise win over Central Islands. The team left the pitch after the game unaware that they had qualified for the second round and only found out hours later after the official records were confirmed.
Honiara East took off with 4 goals scored in the opening third as Dudley Laua, Paul Huia and Dalton Apuri, who got 2, found the back of the net. Central Islands looked shocked and could not manage to break the Honiara East defence despite their best efforts. In the second third Laua led the way for Honiara East and Bollen Auhuki also made it onto the score sheet before Central Islands made their presence felt with goals from Francis Lafai, Dennis Ifunaoa and James Naka for the scores to register at 6 – 3.
Central Islands scored another 3 goals in the final third but it was not enough to save them since their opponents also got the same number past them. Ifunaoa opened the books for Central Islands 25 seconds after the restart and Lafai got his second with Brian Feni scoring their third goal late in the third. Laua completed his hat trick with 2 more goals for Honiara East and Apuri got his second goal to finished with the win.
With the result Honiara East qualify as Group A runners-up ahead of Western Kikio.
The results from Day 3 see Makira Ulawa Sharks top Group A and they are matched up with Northern United for the first semi final match. Group A leaders Honiara West will play Honiara East in the second semi final. The times for the semi finals are 2:00pm and 4:00pm on Friday 29 July, 2011.

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