The opening day of the Youth Solomon Cup was full of goals as Makira Ulawa, Temotu, Malaita and Guadalcanal earned three points in their opening Group matches at SIFF academy today in Honiara.
Makira Ulawa overcome a determined Renbel side in the opening match of the day with a 2-0 win.
The junior Real Kakamora side started on the front foot with goals from Clinton Taro and Issac Dama in the first half.
Makira Ulawa coach Banabas Loloito said he was pleased with his young lads’ overall performance despite their meager display in the second half.
“I am happy with the win today against a good Renbel team who gave my boys a tough game in the second half”, he said.
“It’s good to start the competition with a win and we will now focusing on our next game.”
Renbel who had three good scoring opportunities in the second half saw their coach Willie Beuka lamented the result.
Beuka said his boys should have taken something from the game but luck was not on their side against a strong Makira Ulawa team who could challenge defending champions Western Turtles in Group A.
Group A second match on day one saw Temotu Arrows thrashed Isabel 6-1 in an entertaining encounter.
Temotu striker Selwyn Hou stamped his mark on the Youth Solomon Cup with five goals to his name.
John Bodan added a lone goal and Junior Mehau scored Isable frigates only goal in the second half.
Temotu Arrows coach Eddie Thruman was over the moon after the big win.
“I am really happy for my boys as they saw that we’re to compete in this competition with a big win against a tough team like Isabel”, he said.
“Selwyn Hou is a special player for us and I just want to give credit to him for his contribution towards the team.”
In the first match of Group B, Guadalcanal was beaten 4-2 by Central Islands but the hornets won on default after Central Islands fielded an ineligible player.
The best was saved for last as Malaita Eagles beat hosts Honiara 3-2 in the day’s last fixture.
Bradley Irosaea scored the quickest goal of the tournament so far in the opening two minutes as the junior Eagles walked away at half-time with a 1-0 lead.
Rocky Junior equalized in the 48th minute for Honiara moments later Floyd Hagi sends a free kick into the back of the net to put Malaita back in front.
Tijay Inifiri responded in similar fashion with another brilliant free kick to draw level.
But Irosaea had other ideas to slot home the winner in the 67th minute to hand the youth Eagles the maximum points.
Malaita coach Francis Ete Ladota said it’s a very important win for his young side as they still have three tough games in the group.
“First thank you to the boys for a well-played game against Honiara and as a team we believe it’s very important to start the competition with a win.”
Meanwhile, the Youth Solomon Cup continues tomorrow with another four matches at SIFF academy.
Wednesday 9 January, 2019 fixtures:
10:00am Temotu vs. Western
12:00n Makira Ulawa vs. Isabel
14:00pm Malaita vs. Guadalcanal
16:00pm Lauru vs. Central Islands