Both teams started the game very strong, but it was Puaikura who dominated possession in the last ten minutes of the first half, though each team ended the first 45 with having attempted a shot on goal.
In the second half Tupapa Maraerenga started to dominate possession and was soon rewarded with a corner after 47 minutes.
An attempted clearance by the Puaikura defenders went straight to Grover Harmon, who slammed the ball past the Puaikura posts for the first and only goal of the match.
Puaikura attacked tirelessly in search for an equaliser, but this was not to be as the game ended 1-0 in favour of Tupapa Maraerenga.
In the women’s preseason final, Tupapa Maraerenga claimed another win as they raced away to score three unanswered goals against Titikaveka to win the preseason title for 2017.
Two goals were scored by Paulina Ponga, with Moeroa Harmon adding another in what was a great day for Tupapa Maraerenga.
The senior division winners were presented with their winning trophies following the matches.
Earlier in the day it was the junior divisions who took the pitch to play their final matches in the pre-season competition.
In the U-17 Men’s team played on Friday, Tupapa Maraerenga triumphed over Nikao Sokattack by 1-0.
Congratulations to all the teams for a well-played run during the competition.
- CIFA release
The full results for the preseason finals are as follows:
U8 mix division - Avatiu 1 vs Matavera 0, U11 mix division - Puaikura 5 vs Nikao Sokattack 1, Girls division - Matavera 0 vs Puaikura 1, U14 Boys division - Tupapa Maraerenga 3 vs Titikaveka 0, U17 Men’s division - Tupapa Maraerenga 1 vs Nikao Sokattak 0, Senior Women - Titikaveka 0 vs Tupapa Maraerenga 3, Premier Men - Tupapa Maraerenga 1 vs Puaikura 0