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KOSSA claim third place

After Western United’s loss to Marist Fire it did not matter whether KOSSA won or lost since they were already safely ahead of their closest opponent albeit by a single point. Malaita Kingz, on the other, hand were trying to escape from Hana’s grasp and the one point from this match allows them to do so.
The start of the match has an even ring to it as possession jumped from one side to the other. Neither side is able to control their game well against strong defending from both backlines. Both sides made early substitutions to further strengthen their defence; Jack Wasi was replaced by Francis Saemala for Malaita Kingz and KOSSA had Stanton Hila replaced with Willie Lamani.
The best scoring chance of the first half came off the boot of Nicholas Muri just before the break when he dragged a defender wide before shooting for goal. His shot just turned away from across the front of the goal mouth and David Rozimah was there to send the ball to safety as no other KOSSA players were on hand to follow up.
Nil all going into the second half the game was still in the balance and neither side had any real control of the proceedings. KOSSA had good opportunities but they were not in good supply and Malaita Kingz found it hard to break past the centre line.
KOSSA had a good tempo going as the second half proceeded but like in the first half the goals failed to come. Franco Ne’e forced a stunning save from Leon Fox midway through the half and Harrison Mala was also denied by the safe hands of the Malaita Kingz goalkeeper.
A late push from KOSSA also went fruitless but in the end the referee’s whistle did not matter much in terms of table position. For Malaita Kingz, however, the result is as good as a win as the extra point takes them above Hana in the table and they finish on the fifth position.

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