Solomon Warriors have reclaimed top spot of the Telekom S-League after a narrow 1-0 win against title challengers Henderson Eels at Lawson Tama Stadium in this weekend’s big game.
The defending champions entered the match in second place a point behind Eels.
Knowing very well both teams have three matches to play in the league, a win for either side would put them in on the top spot.
Molea Tigi scored in the 38th minute to hand Warriors a crucial goal which saw them held on for a close win.
Warriors now leading with 26 points two clear of Eels who are still on 24 points heading into the last two matches this season.
Warriors coach Moses Toata said the win against Eels was the most important win for them in round two.
“Yes it was the most important win. After our last game which we only manage a draw, we wanted to win the match so bad, so we were more determined and try to win everything today”, the former Solomon Islands international said.
“We knew it was not going to be easy and we knew we had to give everything we got if we want three points.
“The boys were motivated by the fact that a draw or lose is not enough, if we want to keep the title”.
Toata told his players during pre-match team talk to treat the match as the final.
“We treat today’s game as the final and the boys played their heart out,” he said.
“Henderson Eels had patches of moments when they could have scored.
“But I think it was not their day. I’m satisfied as a coach and we hope the boys keep working hard to improve and win our two remaining games.”
His opposite number, Henderson Eels coach Eddie Marahare was pleased with his boy’s overall performance in a match which could have gone either way.
“I am pleased with the overall performance of my team”, he said.
“The boys played well against the defending champions but it’s not over as we still have two more matches to play.
“We believe that we can win our two remaining matches to have a chance.”
The race to qualify for the OFC Champions League next year is also at stake.
Solomon Warriors, Henderson Eels and KOSSA are all still in the race and Western United could not be ruled out of a possible second place finish.
Winning the league comes with a reward of hosting the OFC Champions League Group D at home.
Earlier in the day Malaita Kingz continue their impressive run with a 4-0 win over bottom side FC Guadalcanal.
The win saw Kingz moved from sixth to fourth on the table with 17 points above Western United, 16 points and Real Kakamora, 15 points who are both yet to play on Sunday.
Henderson Eels vs. Marist FC | December 1st 2018
FC Guadalcanal vs. Solomon Warriors | December 1st 2018
Real Kakamora vs. KOSSA | December 2nd 2018
Solomon Warriors vs. Malaita Kingz | December 8th 2018
Marist FC vs. FC Guadalcanal | December 8th 2018
Western United vs. Real Kakamora | December 9th 2018
KOSSA vs. Henderson Eels | December 9th 2018