Tupapa came out strong aiming to put the game out of reach in the first half, scoring four goals before Avatiu recuperated themselves and managed to get one back before the break.
Avatiu’s lone goal was a stunning half way attempt from Victor Elikana while Tupapa’s goals were impressively scored by Sunai Joseph (3) and one own goal by Avatiu.
The Matavera-Ngatangiia and Titikaveka men were evenly matched as the two sides fought out for a draw. Matavera’s Chris Whitiker had a great start to the match putting his side in front in the 3rd minute when he scored from a penalty.
As the half went on he scored another to go up by 2-0 just before the break putting Titikaveka under some pressure.
The third placed side however maintained their cool and came out stronger in the second half to grab two goals through the boots of Turumaki Tamangaro and Akiona Tairi to levels the match 2-all.
On Friday at the Nikao field, Puaikura nearly took down top of the table Nikao Sokattak. Puaikura kicked things off quite early scoring within the first ten minutes of the match through Pekay Edwards and maintained the 1-0 lead until the second half.
Nikao held majority possession and were in Puaikura territory for most of the match. The only thing left to do was to break through a strong Puaikura defense.
With many shots at goal going wide and frustration seemingly growing in players, substitute, Tahiri Elikana stepped up and scored from a free kick to bring confidence back to his side.
Shortly after Nikao’s Toru Mateariki would score from a corner kick to win the game 2-1.
Nikao Sokattak – Puaikura FC – Premier Men 2-1, Senior Women 0-0, U-17 Men 4-5, U14 Boys 0-8, U14 Girls 0-4, U11 Mixed 0-2, U9 Mixed 6-2, U7 Mixed 2-2
Avatiu FC – Tupapa Maraerenga FC – Premier Men 1-4, Senior Women 0-1, U-17 Men’s 2-6, U14 Boys 0-5, U14 Girls 0-0, U11 Mixed 3-1, U9 Mixed 3-0, U7 Mixed 1-2
Matavera-Ngatangiia – Titikaveka FC – Premier Men 2-2, Senior women 0-5, U14 Boys 0-6, U-14 Girls 3-0, U11 Mixed 0-1, U9 Mixed 0-3, U7 Mixed 2-0