Avatiu’s Tini Maruhi tries to keep possession of the ball from Tupapa player. CIFA MEDIA/21100303
Giantkillers Avatiu were unable to replicate their upset causing performance against Tupapa in the Tower Insurance premier men’s match at Matavera Sports Field on Saturday.
Maraerenga FC overcame a stubborn Avatiu 2-0 to remain on track in their title
Avatiu premier men’s team fought well and hard, gaining touches and given many
chances at goal but an early goal from Tupapa spoiled the momentum they
created. A corner kick from Anthony Samuela in the first 15 minutes, found the
boots of Rambo Chagomoka who put Tupapa up by a goal.
teams’ defensive units made huge impact in their game, with young Avatiu talent
Oscar Wichman and Vince Reupena keeping Tupapa’s Grover Harmon and Campbell
Best at bay. Avatiu held strong in preventing any more chances at goal in the
Tupapa, Dave Milanovic stood rock solid in defence, sending back any balls that
reached their half and putting all efforts in preventing Avatiu’s young striker
Silas Trego and midfielder Tini Maruhi from advancing past the 18-yard box.
the second half, Avatiu
struggled to keep possession and Tupapa capitalised by scoring their second
goal to win 2-0.
In the other premier men’s
match, Titikaveka took on Matavera at CIFA Complex and won 3-2. Today at CIFA
Complex, Puaikura will take on Nikao Sokattak in the premier men’s catch up
In the Islander senior women’s
division, the Tupapa Maraerenga women’s team were challenged by Avatiu, with no
goals scored in the first half.
A slip up by Avatiu defence allowed
Tupapa to score the opener before they scored two more to win 3-0.
In the other Islander women’s match, the Matavera women’s team took their winning spirit from their catch-up match last week, beating Titikaveka 2-0 while on Thursday, Nikao Sokattak and Puaikura’s match ended in a stalemate.
- CIFA Media
Titikaveka FC vs Tupapa Maraerenga FC: 2-0, Puaikura FC vs Matavera FC: 2-2; Avatiu
FC vs Tupapa Maraerenga FC – U8 Mix: 0-4, U10 Mix: 1-3, U12 Mix: 1-1, U15 Boys:
3-0, U15 Girls: 0-0, U18 Men: 2-1, Senior Women: 0-3, Premier Men: 0-2. Puaikura
FC vs Nikao Sokattak FC – U8 Mix: 0-0, U10 Mix: 0-9, U12 Mix: 1-0, U15 Boys:
0-9, Senior Women: 0-0; Titikaveka FC vs Matavera FC – U8 Mix: 3-0, U10 Mix:
2-3, U12 Mix: 2-1, U15 Boys: 1-2, U15 Girls: 0-0, U18 Men:1-1, Senior Women:
0-2, Premier Men: 3-2.