On Friday afternoon, minnows Titikaveka premier men dumped defending champions Tupapa Maraerenga 4-3 in an exciting tussle.
The tit-for-tat battle saw goals scored by both sides and eventually the hosts sneaked away with an upset win against the 2018 champions.
Throughout the game it was unclear who would come out with the win as both teams would score one after the other.
It was in the dying minutes Titikaveka got the winning goal from a free-kick near the Tupapa goal line.
Titikaveka’s senior women’s team weren’t as lucky in their match falling to the Tupapa 2-0 on Thursday.
The physical match saw many chances created by both teams but it was the Tupapa side who found themselves reaching the back of the net and coming away with the win.
On Saturday, Nikao’s premier men opened their season with a 4-1 win over Avatiu, outplaying them in the midfield and on the attack.
Their speedy wingers were able to break through the Avatiu defense often and skillfully get the ball near the goal. The Avatiu defense were able to recover and shut down the Nikao attack many times but not on four occasions which led to the goals. The young Avatiu team were able to get one back near the end of the game but it was too late to make a comeback.
Nikao’s senior women weren’t as clinical as their men’s team against Avatiu after failing to score, despite the many opportunities they had. Avatiu took advantage of this, capitalising on an opportunity to win the match 1-0.
At the CIFA Complex in Matavera, Puaikura premier men’s and senior women’s team started their season with convincing wins over Matavera FC 4-0 and 10-0 respectively.
Titikaveka – Tupapa Maraerenga: Premier Men 4-3, Senior Women 0-2, U-17 Men 0-15, U14 Boys 4-1, U14 Girls 0-3, U11 Mixed 4-2, U9 Mixed 0-5, U7 Mixed 1-2; Avatiu – Nikao Sokattak: Premier Men 1-4, Senior women 1-0, U-17 Men’s 3-4, U14 Boys 4-0, U-14 Girls 1-0, U11 Mixed 2-2, U9 Mixed 2-0, U7 Mixed 1-0; Puaikura – Matavera-Ngatangiia: Premier Men 4-0, Senior Women 10-0, U-17 Men’s 7-1, U14 Boys 9-0, U14 Girls 5-0, U11 Mixed 2-2, U9 Mixed 11-0, U7 Mixed 4-0