In the Tower Insurance premier men’s match on Saturday, Tupapa found their usual style of playing and used it to secure their 2-0 win against Puaikura at CIFA Complex in Matavera.
came out aggressive on offense from the get-go, pushing the ball into Tupapa
Maraerenga’s territory early, but Tupapa’s keeper Rey Nalagon quickly denied
Puaikura’s forwards Nathan Utakea and David Davida their chances.
throw in on Puaikura’s half in the fourth minute of the game found Anthony
Samuela whose attempt at goal got deflected by Puaikura’s defense, making its
way through to Tupapa striker Paavo Mustonen who slammed in the opener to give
his side a 1-0 lead.
found their first big scoring chance in the seventh minutes as David Davida
found himself in front of the box with an open shot, but Tupapa defenders
snuffed out his chances at a goal.
a relentless effort and some desperate defending, the determined Tupapa
Maraerenga side managed to score their second goal in the second half of the
match. The goal scoring machine Paavo Mustonen was too swift for Puaikura’s stopper
Mel Oti who just missed the chance at sweeping the ball before it reached the
back of the net.
the other pitch, village neighbours Titikaveka FC and Nikao Sokattak FC played
a well fought battle which ended in a 1-all draw. Avatiu premier men’s team got
back into their groove on Friday winning 1-0 against Matavera FC.
the Islander women’s division, Puaikura youthful ladies had the Tupapa women’s
team on high alert in the first half. Table toppers Tupapa who held possession
of the ball and made many attempts at goal found it hard to put the ball
through pass Puaikura’s backline.
a continuous contest for a goal, Puaikura’s speedster Nikki Smith managed to
beat Tupapa’s strong backline and slipped through a nice ball right through the
hands of Tupapa’s goalkeeper.
Puaikura taking a slender 1-0 lead, Tupapa’s frontlines Kuramaeva Tare and
Adriana Hauser made many attempts for a point but a blunder in front of the
18-yard box gave Tupapa a freekick in the last minute of the game. Tupapa
veteran Elizabeth Harmon stepped up and scored, ending the match in 1-all draw.
In the other women’s matches, Titikaveka and Nikao Sokattak battled tooth and nail but couldn’t manage to get through any goals, ending their match at nil all. Matavera’s women’s team have been on a roll with their wins since their upset against Avatiu in a catch-up over a week ago. They again enjoyed their 4-0 win against Avatiu on Thursday.
- CIFA Media
Mix: Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Matavera FC: 2-3, Puaikura FC vs Titikaveka FC:
0-5; Matavera FC vs Avatiu FC – U8 Mix: 1-2, U10 Mix: 1-5, U12 Mix: 0-1, U15 Boys:
0-0, U15 Girls: 2-4, U18 Men: 1-1, Senior Women: 4-0, Premier Men: 0-1; Tupapa
Maraerenga FC vs Puaikura FC – U8 Mix: 3-0, U10 Mix: 7-1, U12 Mix: 2-1, U15
Boys: 8-0, U15 Girls: 1-2, Senior Women: 1-1, Premier Men: 2-0;
FC vs Nikao Sokattak FC – U8 Mix: 2-3, U10 Mix: 1-4, U12 Mix: 2-3, U15 Boys: 0-2,
U15 Girls: 0-0, U18 Men: 1-6, Senior Women: 0-0, Premier Men: 1-1.