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Tupapa beats Nikao in thriller

Monday October 22, 2018 Written by Published in Soccer

Host Tupapa Maraerenga premier men’s side has extended its lead on the points table after beating Nikao Sokattak 3-2 in a thrilling match at Victoria Park on Saturday.


The two teams battled tooth and nail in the crucial match of the Round Cup competition.

Nikao Sokattak surprised Tupapa Maraerenga with a goal in the 16th minute through left winger Nathan Tisam, who sent a header into the bottom left corner, past goalkeeper Manaariki Pierre.

Paavo Mustonen levelled the score line from a penalty after Sokattak defender Grafton Potoru was penalised for tripping Samuela Koiatu in the penalty area.

The teams went into the break locked at 1-all.

It was Tupapa Maraerenga who took the lead in the second half, thanks to a goal from Grover Harmon, assisted by Geoffery Strickland in the 51st minute.

Ed Brogan extended the lead to 3-1 with a 64th minute goal before Nikao Sokattak scored a late goal which proved too little as Tupapa walked away with a 3-2 win.

In the other Van’s premier men’s matches, Matavera and Titikaveka battled to a nil-all draw whilst on Friday Puaikura defeated Avatiu 4-2.

In the Islander senior women’s matches on Saturday, Tupapa Maraerenga earned a 1-0 victory over Nikao Sokattak while Titikaveka beat Matavera 5-0 and on Friday, Puaikura caused a big upset defeating Avatiu 3-2.

            -CIFA Media


Tupapa Maraerenga-Nikao Sokattak – Premier Men 3-2, Senior Women 1-0, U17 Men 4-0, U14 Boys 3-1, U14 Girls 1-2, U11 Mixed 2-2, U8 Mixed 0-1; Matavera-Titikaveka – Premier Men 1-1, Senior Women 0-5, U17 Men 0-0, U14 Boys 0-9, U14 Girls 1-0, U11 Mixed 1-1, U8 Mixed 1-3; Avatiu-Puaikura – Premier Men 2-4, Senior Women 2-3, U17 Men 0-11, U14 Boys 0-4, U14 Girls 0-0, U11 Mixed 1-1, U8 Mixed 2-2

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