Nikao Sokattak defeated Titikaveka 3-1 at CIFA Complex on Saturday. CIFA Media/20110101
Tupapa Maraerenga and Puaikura maintain their lead in the premier men’s and senior women’s football competition.
Nikao Sokattak premier men’s side scored two first half goals to record a convincing 3-1 win against Titikaveka in round 12 clash at CIFA Complex on Saturday.
Okirua Eliu scored the opener followed by star player Julius David to give Nikao an early 2-0 lead.
Titikaveka responded immediately to cushion the deficit to 1-2. Both sides had good spells of possession with some half chances which went mostly in Nikao Sokattak’s favour.
Wasting no time in the second spell, Nikao’s strikers and midfielders showed neat footwork in the box before getting their third goal.
Titikaveka fought hard but were unable to get the ball past the Nikao goalkeeper. Nikao, spurred by their fans, maintained their tireless effort and were rewarded with the 3-1 win.
In the other premier men’s division match, Matavera gave Puaikura FC a good run for their money on Friday.
The two teams were tied 2-all in the final quarter of the match with Matavera high on the attack, ready to take down their western rivals. But the experienced Puaikura did not give up the fight and scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to win the match 4-2.
At Victoria Park, host and premier men’s leaders Tupapa Maraerenga struggled to beat minnows Avatiu 1-0.
In the women’s competition, Puaikura remains unbeaten after overcoming Matavera 2-1 on Friday.
Today at Titikaveka field: Titikaveka FC-Avatiu – 4pm Under 14 Boys (Ref: Tehainnah Tatuava, Assist: Lai Gukisuva, Jake Browne), 5pm Senior Women (Ref: Terry Piri, Assist: Jake Browne, Lai Gukisuva). At the CIFA complex. Tupapa Maraerenga FC-Puaikura FC – 4pm Under 14 Boys (Ref: Tahiri Elikana, Assist: Victoria Fatiaki, Alice Mitchell), 5pm Senior Women (Ref: Tahiri Elikana, Assist: Alice Mitchell, Maara Kaukura). Takitumu school, Matavera: Matavera FC-Nikao Sokattak FC – 4pm Under 14 Boys (Ref: Merian Noovao, Assist: Selina Maora, Robert Savage), 5pm Senior Women (Ref: Robert Savage, Assist: Hei-Ura Peyroux, Selina Maora).
Tomorrow at Titikaveka Field: Titikaveka FC-Avatiu – 4pm Under 15 Girls (Ref: Tehainnah Tatuava, Assist: Kataraina Piri, Lai Gukisuva), 5pm Senior Men ( Ref: Paul Lynch, Assist: Lai Gukisuva, Kataraina Piri). At the CIFA complex. Tupapa Maraerenga FC-Puaikura FC – 4pm Under 15 Girls (Ref: Edmund Okirua, Assist: Theressa Kaukura, Junior Savage), 5pm Senior Men (Ref: Maara Kaukura, Assist: Robert Savage, Junior Savage). At the Takitumu school, Matavera: Matavera FC-Nikao Sokattak FC – 4pm Under 15 Girls (Ref: Merian Noovao, Assist: Selina Maora, Hei-Ura Peyroux), 5pm Senior Men (Ref: John Pareanga, Assist: Selina Maora, Hei-Ura Peyroux).