Tupapa’s Maru Tearaitoa makes an attempt at goal. CIFA MEDIA/21082205
Tupapa Maraerenga and Nikao Sokattak are off to a good start in the domestic football competition.
Round Cup champions Tupapa Maraerenga has taken an early
lead in the Tower Insurance men’s premiership.
In the opening round of the Rarotonga Football Club
competition on Saturday, Tupapa thumped Matavera-Ngatangiia 5-2 at Matavera
Tupapa quickly got the match underway scoring their first
goal through the boots of young striker Maru Tearaitoa in the early minutes of
Hungry to put themselves on even terms, Matavera’s Pita
Senibiakula placed the ball through the legs of Tupapa’s backline, leveling the
In a tit-for-tat battle for lead, Tupapa regained the
advantage after Tearaitoa scored again putting them ahead 2-1. Not long after,
Tupapa captain Pavo Mustonen found himself in front of the goal and put his
side ahead 3-1 at the half time break. As the match continued, the intensity
built up and Matavera’s Paul Poila managed to give his side some hope of
comeback scoring the first goal in the second spell to trail 3-2.
But Tupapa had better ideas and veteran Mustonen scored from
a spot kick (penalty) before Grover Harmon sealed the 5-2 win.
Local football favourites Nikao Sokattak beat Avatiu FC 2-0
in the other premier men’s match held at Nikao Field.
In The Islander senior women’s competition, Tupapa Maraerenga edged Matavera-Ngatangiia 1-0 while Nikao Sokattak beat Avatiu 1-0.
Matavera-Ngatangiia FC-Tupapa Maraerenga FC – Premier Men
2-5, Senior Women 10-1, U-18 Men 0-2, U15 Girls 3-0, U15 Boys 0-3; Nikao
Sokattak FC – Avatiu FC – Premier Men 2-0, Senior Women 1-0, U18 Boys 4-0, U15
Girls 0-4, U15 Boys 0-2