Honiara West shaken but through

Honiara East were not rated as a favourite but they put on a top class show this afternoon to trouble the defending champions who did not appear to be their confident selves. Honiara East took the game to their opponents and scored less than a minute into the opening third courtesy of Robert Laua’s strike. However, the scores were levelled just before the end of the first third with Selson Lafua providing the life line for Honiara West.
The second third saw Honiara West still unsettled and Honiara East looked like they were on their way to a win when Bollen Auhuki scored from the restart. Behind but not giving up Honiara West tried to pry open the Honiara East defence but it was not until late in the third that they were able to do so. In quick succession Honiara West grabbed 2 goals to lead by 3 – 2 with both coming from Casper Lui and only then did you see the defending champions show some of the class that set them apart from the rest of the troupe last year.
Leading for the first time in the game Honiara West returned with the hope to seal the win but Honiara East had other plans on their mind. Auhuki was loosely marked on the left when Robert Laua picked him out with a short pass and he sent the ball all the way home to level the score line again.
Honiara West could not have asked for a better time to score their fourth goal when it came just seconds before the full time whistle. A deflection off a Honiara East player set up the ball nicely for Timothy Wale who volleyed the it into the back of the net for the winner.
Honiara West will take on Makira Ulawa Sharks who defeated Northern United 7 – 3 earlier in the afternoon.

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