Nikao Sokattak had themselves to blame for squandering their lead, as the visitors cashed in on a goal of their own, dribbling the ball past their defenders and placed a beautifully-timed kick that beat everyone to the net in the dying minutes of the first half to tie the match.
It was an evenly matched contest in the truest sense, as both teams were going after each other, neither one willing to give the other any ground.
That’s not to say the teams didn’t have their chances and both teams fought with a tenacity that never let up.
Takuvaine looked to capitalise on a slower, controlled, possession-based approach as they took on one of the most formidable sides in the Rarotonga football league.
Nikao Sokattack was first on the board, although the celebration was shortlived as Takuvaine found a path and made dash towards the keeper, and calmly struck back for a nicely controlled finish.
The second half provided equal intensity throughout, as Nikao Sokattack started the second half brightly and had a chance to finish the game but could not find the back of the net.
It was neck and neck right down to the final whistle, with both teams playing aggressively. More drama came about as the defensive unit for both sides were out to put a stop to any attack at goal and with that, the offence were ultimately unable to find the back of the net once again.
In the other premier men’s match between Tupapa Maraerenga and Matavera, Tupapa Maraerenga managed to claw their way back to draw level with a spirited Matavera team who were hungry for a win, but were not able to hang on to the lead. The final score was a 2-2 draw.
Defending champions Puaikura beat Avatiu comfortably 3-0 on Saturday.
- CIFA Media
Nikao Sokattack-Takuvaine: Premier Men 1-1, Senior Women 3-1, U14 Boys 14-0, U11 Mixed 2-2, U8 Mixed 1-1. Matavera-Tupapa Maraerenga: Premier Men 2-2, Senior Women 0-11, U14 Boys 0-4, U14 Girls 4-0, U11 Mixed 0-3, U8 Mixed 0-3. Avatiu-Puaikura: Premier Men 1-3, Senior Women 2-3, U14 Boys 0-9, U14 Girls 0-1, U11 Mixed 0-2, U8 Mixed 5-0. U-17 Men’s Division: Puaikura-Matavera 1-3, Nikao Sokattack-Avatiu 9-1, Tupapa Maraerenga-Titikaveka 1-1.