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Bonitos sent back to drawing board

Koloale sent the Solomon Islands National Team Training Squad, the Bonitos, back to the drawing board after defeating them 2 – 1 on Saturday (28th August, 2010).
The Bonitos may have been hoping for a continuation of their good fortunes but Koloale made sure their feet returned to the ground with a late comeback to claim their victory.
The Bonito starting lineup did not look good with Commins Menapi and a number of players missing due to commitment to their local clubs. Defender Stanton Hila was still recovering from a bout of malaria and his absence in the match created a hole in the Bonito backline.
Despite missing some of its key players the Bonitos had the better start to the match. They were able to control the midfield section and applied much pressure on Koloale.
Koloale had 100 per cent of its top players but they were not able to gather any command of the game in the first half.
Benjamin Totori had a frustrating first half running around without the ball for the most of it. Fortunately for his side, they were able to stop the Bonitos from scoring in the first stanza.
The second half saw some tactical changes on both sides and the game came alive as it became more even in terms of possession.
The Bonitos were first to score when Joe Luwi found the back of the net at 52 minutes. Poor organization in the Koloale defence gave him too much space for a good shot at goal and he easily beat Shadrack Ramoni.
Koloale were shocked by Luwi’s goal and they upped their tempo and challenged the Bonitos strongly in the midfield area. Totori was gaining more control and he was able to supply balls to his forwards.
Futsal star Jeffery Bule also made an impact when he came on but Koloale’s first goal came from the boot of Joses Nawo. Nawo received a pass from Totori and he beat 2 defenders before slotting the ball past Bonito goalkeeper Felix Ray Jnr. in the 67th minute.
Two (2) minutes later, Jeffery Bule, tapped in a short pass from Nawo to put Koloale in front at 2 to 1.
The Bonitos worked hard to come back into the game but Koloale kept their momentum going and almost scored again on 2 occasions save for the heroics of Ray Jnr.
The match ended disappointingly for the Bonitos who gave up a good start to Koloale.
However, thumbs up to Koloale who turned around a frustrating first half into a victorious second half. It is another positive result for them as they head towards their first O-League match against Latutoka in October.
For the Bonitos the weakness seemed to lie in their backline but this is due to the unavailability of players.
Bonitos Head Coach Jacob Moli admitted that their performance is not consistent especially with this loss.
“I support my players and our performance is not so bad in this game. Our problem is that some of our defenders were not able to play for us today,” Moli said.

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