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Northern United futsal win local championship

Boasting the bulk of the national futsal team players in their squad, Northern United were favourites from the get go but Brisolona were led by Elliot Ragomo and predictably he was trouble for his Kurukuru teammates in the opposing team.
Ragomo helped McPhillip Aisa to the opener when he turned on some of his trademark flare before letting loose a pass for the national beach soccer player to hit home. Northern United went close to equalising a number of times but they fared much better in their own end where they kept Brisolona from moving further ahead with good team defending.
Just before halftime Northern United were in the game when a hopeful cross from the left resulted in an own goal by Stanley Puairana. The Brisolona goalkeeper made sure Puairana knew how he felt with a rather animated response to the blunder.
The second half was even fierier than the first as speed and skills and the rapid exchange of passes gave the thousand plus spectators who turned up to witness the final much entertainment.
Aisa struck again just minutes after the restart after another setup involving Ragomo. This time, however, Aisa’s national beach soccer team teammate Robert Laua was involved and he put in some fancy footwork of his own to contribute to the goal.
Behind once again Northern United regrouped and quickly they levelled the scores again. Jeffery Bule pounced on a loose ball in front of the Brisolona goal and slotted the ball home. Within minutes they slid past Brisolona when Jack Wetney beat their goalkeeper in confident fashion with a cheeky poke between his legs.
However, Aisa pulled one back for Brisolona to force the game into extra time with the scores tied at 3-all at fulltime.
Extra time was a one-sided affair at least on the scoreboards with Northern United striking twice to escape with a 5-3 victory. James Egeta struck from distance soon after the kickoff of the first half of extra time and the ball went with such speed that it took the referees some time to ascertain whether it was a goal.
Despite a healthy share of barracking from the stands Brisolona could not stake a claim on the game in extra time as Northern United continued to dominate possession and were entertaining the crowd with their quick passes and fluid movements over the court.
With time catching up and the game slipping away Brisolona made a strong final push to equalise but their efforts forward resulted in a vacuum at the back and this gave Egeta the chance to hammer home the final nail and seal the win for Northern United.
Earlier in the afternoon Vikings Blue eased past Kola Kings with a 4-0 win in the junior division of the HCC futsal championship. Vikings Blue also picked up $3000 for their win and the runners-up from both divisions got $2000 each.
Victor Waiia who coordinated the event in collaboration with the HCC sports division said that the tournament was successful and similar events are expected to entertain the Honiara fans in 2012.
“This championship was an astounding success. We had great entertainment from the teams and great cooperation from the fans. We look forward to hosting similar competitions this year to cater for the ever growing demand for competitive futsal in Honiara,” Waiia said.

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