Tensions grow in premier men’s 1-1 draw

Monday September 30, 2019 Written by Published in Soccer
It was a tight tussle between Matavera-Ngatangiia and Puaikura. 19092911 It was a tight tussle between Matavera-Ngatangiia and Puaikura. 19092911

Matavera-Ngatangiia and Puaikura put on a thrilled for the premier men’s match of the weekend.

 

Matavera-Ngatangiia opened the scoring early when Marcus Gibbens headed a cross home in the third minute of the match.

As the match panned out, tensions grew and evented in a tussle in midfield resulting in a Puaikura player being sent off.

With the side down to 10 men before the break, the difficulty of the match intensified for them.

Realising they were down one man, Puaikura changed up their strategy and shuffled players around to compensate for the disadvantage.

The strategy looked to be benefiting them slightly in the second half as the side attacked quite often and hunted for an equalizer.

Both sides were eager to score the second goal of the match to either win the game or level the scores – but a miscommunication between the Matavera goalkeeper Siana Short and defender Nick Oaariki resulted in an own goal leveling the scores.

There was just 15 minutes left in the match.

With minutes remaining some changes were made for both sides in hopes of trying to edge ahead of one another.

A few more nail-biting goal scoring opportunities came about for both sides getting the crowd on the feet for the remaining minutes of the game but none found the net by the time the final whistle blew.

The match ended in a well fought draw by both sides however that leaves the two teams in tough positions on the points table.

The top of the table decider match between Tupapa Maraerenga and Titikaveka on Friday was another thriller of a game that eventuated in Tupapa redeeming themselves from their first-round loss against the same opponent.

Titikaveka was needing a win to remain atop the points table while Tupapa were hunting a win to overtake Titikaveka and take the lead for the first time this season.

The two sides looked to be lacking some key players in their starting line-up, making the match more interesting than initially presumed.

Both teams played beautiful football by creating some fantastic chances and some skillful plays however Tupapa slotted their goals in while Titikaveka found themselves with the short end of the stick and were unable to find the back of the net.

Tupapa Maraerenga won the match three goals to nil. Their goals were scored by Francis Terepo, Geofferey Strickland and Grover Harmon.

Today, Monday, the round 4 catch-up matches for the U7, U9, U11 mixed teams and the U17 men’s will be played at the CIFA complex in Matavera.

FULL RESULTS

Matavera-Ngatangiia v Puaikura FC
Premier Men 1-1
Senior Women 0-2
U-17 Men 1-4
U14 Boys 0-10
U14 Girls 0-4
U11 Mixed 0-1
U9 Mixed 1-1
U7 Mixed 1-2

Nikao Sokattak FC v Avatiu FC
Premier Men 13-2
Senior women 1-1
U-17 Men’s 7-1
U14 Boys 1-3
U-14 Girls 2-1
U11 Mixed 0-3
U9 Mixed 1-3
U7 Mixed 3-2

Tupapa Maraerenga – Titikaveka FC
Premier Men 3-0
Senior Women 1-1
U14 Boys 5-1
U14 Girls 4-0
U11 Mixed 0-1
U9 Mixed 4-0
U7 Mixed 4-1

TODAY’S FIXTURES
CIFA complex, Matavera

Under 7 Mix
4.15pm Field 1:
Puaikura FC vs Nikao Sokattak FC
Ref: Ngametua Taringa

4.15pm Field 2: Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Avatiu FC
Ref: Kura Smith

4.15pm Field 3: Matavera FC vs Titikaveka FC
Ref: Angelina Mitchell

Under 9 Mix
4.15pm Field 1: Puaikura FC vs Nikao Sokattak FC
Ref: Tahiri Elikana

4.15pm Field 2: Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Avatiu FC
Ref: Emilie Pierce

4.15pm Field 3: Matavera FC vs Titikaveka FC
Ref: Teretia Teinaki

Under 11 Mix

4.15pm Field 1:  Puaikura FC vs Nikao Sokattak FC
Ref: Robert Savage, Nicky Smith       

4.15pm Field 2:  Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Avatiu FC
Ref:  Tehainnah Tatuava, Tailei Noovao - Blake                                

4.15pm Field 3: Matavera FC vs Titikaveka FC
Ref: Tione Nand, Penina Katuke

Under 17 Men

4.45pm Field 1: Puaikura FC vs Nikao Sokattak FC
Ref: Robert Savage      Assist: Ngametua Taringa, Teretia Teinaki

4.45pm Field 2: Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Avatiu FC
Ref: Lai Gukisuva                     Assist: Tehainnah Tatuava, Tahiri Elikana

 

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