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Review of Round 3

First up in the round was a nail biter of a match between leaders Koloale and runners up Marist Fire. Koloale were eventual winners but the match ended controversially after a late equaliser for Marist Fire was ruled out for a foul against the Koloale goalkeeper, Eddie Ramo. Marist Fire started the match excellently and scored after only 3 minutes of play through futsal international Elliot Ragomo and they made Koloale work hard throughout the game. Koloale equalised through Ian Paia after the hour mark and Benjamin Totori scored the winning goal in the 73rd minute. Fulltime score was Koloale 2 – Marist Fire 1.
Western United took on Hana in match 2 of Round 3 and while their performance was less than stellar they got all 3 points with a 1 – 0 win over their opponents. Hana played strongly in the first half but their forwards did not take their opportunities when they came. The story was similar for Western United but they broke through in the 75 minute of the match when Nathan Kera volleyed the ball into the net following a corner. Fulltime score was Western United 1 – Hana 0.
KOSSA were in need of a win going into their match with Real Kakamora but their opponents were in a far worse situation having not registered any point yet. The first half was evenly played and the only difference was an own goal by Kluivert Dagi Jnr. which gave KOSSA the lead. The first half was marred by the sending off of Gerald Boka of Real Kakamora and David Ramosaea of KOSSA after the 2 players exchanged fists after an incident on the field. Both sides were affected by the sending offs but KOSSA used their experience and added 2 more goals in the second half to record their first win of the season. Phillip Ashley capitalised on a defensive error to score in the 66th minute and Clifford Wate added the third in extra time. Full time score was KOSSA 3 – Real Kakamora 0.
The final fixture of the round was between Malaita Kingz and Solomon Warriors. The odds were slightly in favour of Solomon Warriors but Malaita Kingz played strongly and in the end it was the experience of the former’s forwards that was the difference. Despite having a number of chances to score in the game Malaita Kingz did not take them and this cost them the match. Solomon Warriors went in front through Peter Taloga in the 12th minute and George Lui made it 2 nil in the 74th minute. Lui had an opportunity to extend the lead to 3 – 0 but he missed the cross right in front of goal a couple of minutes later. Malaita Kingz pressured until the final whistle but the goals they were searching for did not come. Full time score was Solomon Warriors 2 – Malaita Kingz 0.
Koloale maintain their lead at the top of the table with 9 points coming from their 3 out of 3 wins after the round. Marist Fire are still on second spot with 6 points despite their loss to the leaders. Western United maintains its 3rd spot position but it now has 6 points and sits behind Marist Fire on goal difference. Solomon Warriors now move up to the 4th position with 5 points and KOSSA follow with 4 points. Malaita Kingz are 6th in the table with 3 points, no change from the last round, and Hana is 7th with 1 point and Real Kakamora are on the bottom without any points.

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