Nikao Sokattak after winning the Knockout Cup title on Saturday. CIFA MEDIA/22121909
A much-awaited Rarotonga football finals day came to an end on Saturday at CIFA Complex in Matavera. Stands and grounds were filled with many supporters who came out to witness who take the spoils after weeks of intense competition.
premier men’s final had Nikao Sokattak supporters on edge as they went through
90 minutes of hustling and tussling against Tupapa Maraerenga. Fighting for
possession, Nikao Sokattak took every chance seriously as Tupapa Maraerenga stood
tall in defence to keep their opponents at bay.
Nikao player Stephen Willis ended the first half in their favour after executing
a free kick taken by James Osiramo to lead 1-0.
frustrated Tupapa made numerous attempts at goal in the opening spell but they
were denied each time by Nikao stopper Tahiri Elikana.
Grover Harmon and Paavo Mustonen were aggressive in the midfield trying to get
through but Nikao’s defensive line kept them as far away from the goal as
relentless effort, Mustonen managed to pick up a golden opportunity and
executed well to level the match 1-all.
chances were created in the last few minutes of the match but none of them
successful which took them into a sudden death penalty shoot out to decide the
first two attempts from both sides met the back of the net. Nikao’s third
attempt softly got its way into the net, but as the pressure filled the air
Tupapa’s third shot was denied by Nikao’s goalkeeper.
a goal lead, it was all down to Willis, who got their opener and booted the
winner, to end the match 6-4 in Nikao’s favour.
senior women’s final was also decided via a penalty shootout. Titikaveka took
home the trophy after the side beat the highly fancied Tupapa 5-4.
Boys – Avatiu FC vs Matavera FC: 2-0; U15 Girls – Avatiu FC vs Tupapa
Maraerenga: 3-0; U18 Men – Nikao Sokattak FC vs Tupapa Maraerenga: 2-1; Senior
Women – Titikaveka FC vs Tupapa Maraerenga FC: 5-4; Premier Men – Nikao
Sokattak FC vs Tupapa Maraerenga FC: 6-4.