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Warriors take control

Moses Toata’s men thrashed Hana 10-0 on Saturday and made it all look easy with star forward Dennis Ifunaoa picking up six goals in the match. The previous weekend Solomon Warriors looked sketchy against KOSSA but any doubts about their seriousness this season will have been dispelled by the result against Hana.
Initially, prospects were not as bright for the defending champions who had to deal with the absence of three key players. Midfielder Micah Lea’alafa is overseas on a futsal programme, Jeffery Bule who is with Amicale in Vanuatu and Kidston Billy switched allegiance to X-Beam just before the season got underway.
However, Toata is not betting on the season being any easier than the last. In an interview with Solomon Star Toata predicted that his club faces an uphill task this season.
“It will be tough and it’s obvious by the look of the performance from the clubs that we observed. Our opening match against KOSSA was an indicator since we had to fight our way from behind to win,” Toata says.
“The clubs in the competition are now more organised and there are some good players coming in. So I presume it will be a tough road ahead of us.”
Real Kakamora have kept their positive momentum from the last season going and recorded an important victory against Marist on Saturday. It was a scrappy performance from the Peter Konata coached camp but Rex Honu’s penalty was enough to get them home.
Western United and Koloale occupy third and fourth respectively in the league ladder with 2 points each. Both clubs have not registered any wins yet and will be eyeing their first three points this coming round.
Western United is missing some of its mainstays including midfielder Leonard Rokoto and Nathan Kera who have taken up work commitments so the club is yet to find a balance to work with. Mostyn Sanga, who normally comes off the bench is now starting as the central midfielder.
Koloale’s line-up remains largely intact and the return of Samson Takayama has boosted their backline. Augustine Samani, who for years played under the shadow of Koloale’s more well known is now playing a major role in the midfield. The inclusion of Paul Wale on the left wing is also a plus for the ‘men in green’ this season. The former KOSSA flanker is known for his defence splitting crosses and he already has his name on Koloale’s score cards.
The rest of the field is yet to make their mark in the competition but things are expected to turn this weekend when the third round of the league commences. Malaita Kingz and X-Beam have started their campaign positively and will be looking to register their first wins this season.
The schedules for Round 3 are as follows:
Sat. 26/10/13 2pm Real Kakamora v Solomon Warriors
Sat. 26/10/13 4pm Western United v Marist
Sun. 27/10/13 2pm X-Beam v Hana
Sun. 27/10/13 4pm Malaita Kingz v Koloale
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