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Malaita Kingz 2 – Western United 2

Western United will be the happier ones as the 2 away goals they scored may prove valuable in the return leg. However, performance it was Malaita Kingz who stole the show with their superior defending but they were let down by a frontline who hasn’t yet found its full potential.
Within a minute Malaita Kingz were already in front. Trevor Suinao sent in a very hopeful cross towards Michael Taeman but the experienced striker turned into a goal with an easy chip over Izomo Bird who was drawn out from his line. How he got the ball the past 2 defenders who towered over him a question that left the Western United bench wondering.
Malaita Kingz pushed forward to try to extend their advantage but Western United had reorganised their defences and kept them at bay. Up front Western United were finding it difficult as time and again their advances were closed down by a very proactive Malaita Kingz backline.
However, with just a minute left before halftime Western United took the lead away from Malaita Kingz when Robert Tana headed in from a Hickley Rence cross to draw the scores level at 1 all.
The second half opened to Western United’s delight when Engalei Saepio got his first goal of the season to give his side the lead. A mistake from the Malaita Kingz backline gave him the space and Saepio put the ball past the keeper with ease.
However, their joy was short lived when Moses Saeni headed in at the far post less than 2 minutes later to draw the scores level again. Again poor Bird was not in the right position to deal with the ball and no support came from his defenders.
As the match drew towards the closing period Malaita Kingz regained the attacking upper hand taking the ball past the Western United defenders a number of times but finishing proved to be too much of a problem. Charles Irobina had a clear chance when he had only Aleck Wickham to beat but the defender was able to deny him a goal.
Neither side was able to take full advantage of their chances and as a result the referee’s whistle closed the contest with the teams tied. The 2 will meet again on Saturday 28th May at Lawson Tama for Western United’s home game.

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