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Warriors, United in battle for title

Defending champions Koloale failed to join the duo in a 3-way battle for the league title after dropping points unexpectedly against a KOSSA outfit bent on exacting revenge for a 7-2 humiliation the previous season. Despite picking up a good win against Hana, Real Kakamora could only get on par with Koloale and, consequently, the battle for third and fourth place will be between the former champions and the former wooden spooners.
The first match of the weekend shocked fans as KOSSA ran away with a 4-2 win over Koloale but could have easily added another 3 goals to exploit the full control they had in the second half of the match. The first half was mostly quiet and despite the best efforts of each side only a goal a piece was all they managed. Ian Paia opened scoring after 31 minutes with a header but a counterattack saw KOSSA level through Paul Wale.
Most of the action in the match came in the second half and KOSSA took the advantage to go in front in the 50th minute through Harrison Mala before Wale added his second goal from a seemingly impossible position to make it 3-1. Charles Otainao then made it 4-1 for KOSSA in the 67th minute before Lency Saeni pulled one back for Koloale for a 4-2 ending to the match.
The drama of the match between KOSSA and Koloale earlier on Saturday left Solomon Warriors on edge as they took on Marist Fire in a match that could make or break their title hopes. The first half ended goalless affair and the ball possession was more or less even between the tussling sides despite the one being the top club in the league and the other the bottom placed one.
Solomon Warriors, however, took control in the second half and scored within a minute of coming back on to take the lead; Dennis Ifunaoa provided the goal. The advantage was furthered by substitute Kidstone Billy in the 74th minute who made a strong return after missing several matches with a knee injury. Jerry Donga then made it 3-0 with 8 minutes to burn before Billy struck again to make it a solid victory for Solomon Warriors.
Eight (8) goals were scored in the Hana v. Real Kakamora clash that opened proceedings on Sunday. While the match was technically level Real Kakamora made better use of their opportunities to finish on top of the contest. Nicholas Muri set Real Kakamora up with a penalty kick after the half hour mark but Cornelly Rata cancelled it out with his effort 6 minutes later.
The second half saw another six (6) goals added to the match total and once again it was Muri who led the way with his second goal in the 63rd minute. Within a minute Ian Ngahugari made it 3-1 in Real Kakamora’s favour but Stanley Waita kept Hana close with a goal just before the 70th minute mark. However, a double strike from Johan Doiwale in the 72nd and 75th minute meant that Waita’s second of the match was a mere consolation goal.
Western United desperately needed a win to keep in touch with Solomon Warriors since a loss would almost secure the latter nothing less than the league title. Pressure was on Western United from the kickoff and Malaita Kingz made sure they were on their toes throughout the game as they denied all their efforts save for a lucky goal that eventually delivered the victory to the much relieved victors.
The first half was a nil all affair and it was Malaita Kingz that won the crowd over with their simple passing and quick movements but with Michael Taeman, Charles Irobina and Jack Jethro all missing from their line-up for the game they lacked the ability to finish.
The second half saw more frustration from the Western United camp but Joe Luwi’s goal at 80 minutes was enough for them to gain all 3 points and ensure that they remain in contention for the league cup.
This weekend will see the last round of matches for the league played before the competition moves into the championship stage. Due to the postponement of their matches earlier in the year Solomon Warriors, Western United, Koloale and Real Kakamora still have 2 matches each while Malaita Kingz, Hana, KOSSA and Marist Fire will each play their final league match this weekend.
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