The Honiara Football Association (HFA) roundup its 2018 season with the finals of the School leagues on Friday November 2nd at King George Sixth School grounds.
Numbu Christian High School endured yet again another grand final heartbreak after a narrow 3-2 defeat at the hands of Mbua Valley Community High School in the U-16 category.
The young lads from Guadalcanal took an early lead in the first half but three quick goals in succession saw Mbua Valley marching on to claimed the ultimate prize.
Earlier in the day, Vura was beaten 3-1 by White River in the 3rd and 4th play-off.
Solomon Islands international striker Adrian Mara scored a brace alongside a discipline performance in defense from Leon Kofana and company.
In the U-17 category, Lunnga Community High and St Joseph Tenaru played out a scoreless first half.
Solomon Islands national U-17 defender Javin Wae and Junior Kurukuru pivot William Tahariu came close to scoring in the second half.
Lunnga went ahead in front on the half hour mark only for Tenaru to equalised moments after conceding.
The match was heading to extra-time as Lunnga scored the match winner minutes before full time to make it 2-1.
Panatina CHS ended their campaign on a high note with a 2-0 win over Florence Young Christian School to seal third position in the HFA U-16 School League.
Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) president, William Lai congratulates all the participating teams.
“I know today two schools have become champions and I want to congratulate them,” the football chief said.
“Football is not about being champions but it’s a way of living because for most of us here either youth or senior, football is our life.
“So we need to raise the quality of our players to be able to compete on the world stage.
“Thank you to HFA executive, club managers, coaches, supporters and players for making it another successful year for football in the capital.”
HFA president Bradley Alaha shared the same sentiments and assured a much better league next season.
“I want to thank the schools for your cooperation to finish our finals before the national exams which is just around the corner”, he said.
“Despite our challenges we now managed to end our 2018 season and I would like to continue calling on clubs and schools to make it better next season.”
The high school finals was followed by an official presentation at the King George ground.
HFA Premier League
1st Mars United
3rd Laugu FC
1st FC Islanders
2nd Sunbeam FC
3rd Our Breeze FC
U-19 School League
1st Mbua Valley CHS
2nd Numbu CHS
3rd White River CHS
U-17 School League
1st Lunnga CHS
2nd St Joseph Tenaru
3rd Panatina CHS