Crunch time for knockout teams

Monday December 04, 2017 Written by Published in Soccer

The CIFA Knockout round battles will be fought today on the Takitumu school grounds in Matavera and Teimurimotia Park in Titikaveka.

 

It’s that time in the football competition where teams start to stack up their best 11s and gather momentum to try and make a deep run in the CIFA knockout competition.

The Nikao Sokattak senior women’s team have successfully booked an early spot in next week’s semis, after their 13-1 win against Matavera on Saturday last week.

This afternoon Matavera will take on in-form Tupapa Maraerenga and Titikaveka is set to compete against Takuvaine for their knockout clash.

The knockout is anyone’s game and although Tupapa Maraerenga and Titikaveka head into their matches as competition favourites, there is no reason for their opponents to turn the tables.

Meanwhile, the premier men’s fixture is bound to thrill and excite spectators today, as defending champions Puaikura prepare for another battle against Titikaveka.

A quick look at their most recent encounter.

It seems chances are in favour of Puaikura to win this match but it all depends on how organised and determined both teams will be on the day.

Titikaveka will have to shrug off the earlier defeat and approach the match with clear heads and an even clearer game plan against their opponents.

In the other premier men’s clash, Avatiu have a tough fight on their hands as they face Nikao Sokattak for the third consecutive time this season.

With so much riding on this match, it will be a test of Avatiu’s character, one where they will have to show the fight that will make the difference to the team.

            - CIFA Media

Fixtures

Takitumu School, Matavera: 12.30pm - Nikao Sokattak FC vs Titikaveka FC U14 Girls (Ref: Tupou Patia, Assistants: Pierce Iripa, Robert Savage), 1.30pm - Nikao Sokattak FC vs Takuvaine FC U14 Boys (Ref: Noel Mani, Assistants: Emilie Pierce, Pierce Iripa), 2.30pm - Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Matavera FC Senior Women (Ref: Robert Savage, Assistants: Noel Mani, John Pareanga), 4.00pm: Nikao Sokattak FC vs Avatiu FC Premier Men (Ref: John Pareanga, Assistants: Emilie Pierce, Tupou Patia. Teimurimotia Park, Titikaveka: 12.30pm - Puaikura FC vs Avatiu FC U14 Girls (Ref: Amnish Prasad, Assistants: Dora Iripa, Geneva Miles), 1.30pm - Puaikura FC vs Avatiu FC U14 Boys (Ref: Lai Gukisuva, Assistants: Kura Smith, Angelina Mitchell), 2.30pm - Titikaveka FC vs Takuvaine FC Senior Women (Ref: Mata Iroa, Assistants: Amnish Prasad, Kura Smith), 4.00pm - Puaikura FC vs Titikaveka FC Premier Men (Ref: Maara Kaukura, Assistants: Lai Gukisuva, Mata Iroa).

 

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