Nikao’s goal scoring machine Julius David tries to keep ball away from Matavera’s Ed Brogan. - 22090409
Saturday’s match between Matavera and Nikao Sokattak in the Tower Insurance Premier Mens division was one for the books as the crowd were unsettled over an exciting first week match of football antics.
Matavera and Nikao clashed heads when
playing on Saturday as the game quickly turned into a fight for possession.
Nikao Sokattak started off the goal scoring
game when a corner kick during the early minutes of the first half met the
boots of speed forward Julius David, sneaking its way pass Matavera’s keeper.
After their first point on the scoreboard,
Nikao continued to grasp onto the ball moving it through the Matavera’s footballers.
But the Maroon soldiers slowly found their
feet, pestering Nikao’s footballers for a touch on the ball. Getting a chance
to place the ball in the net, Matavera’s George Ellis made himself available
for an open shot, face to face with the keeper, right in front of the goal,
being snuck through a pass through Nikao’s brick back wall, which evened out
the score to 1-1.
But the Nikao side quickly retaliated after
being given a free kick just in front of the keeper’s box, adding another tally
to the scoreboard as Julius David ticked off another goal for the match.
As the game continued the intensity picked
up as Matavera got given the opportunity to even the playing fields once again,
taking a penalty inside the box, which ended the first half at 2-2.
Eager to score again, both teams were on
each other’s tails, pressuring each player for ownership of the ball. Matavera
couldn’t quite keep Nikao at bay when a final kick through ended the match at
3-2 to Nikao.
Out at Raemaru Park, Avatiu and Puaikura’s
Premier men ended their match two points to one in Avatiu’s favour. While on
Friday, Tupapa Maraerenga won 7 nil against Titikaveka.
In the Islander Senior Women’s division,
Matavera’s ever improving ladies were on top of the Nikao side getting through
6 goals to the back of the net. Nikao’s young ladies tried their best to keep
Matavera in their half but couldn’t seem to hold them back from getting too close
to the goal.
Avatiu and Puaikura finished their match 4-0 to Avatiu, while Tupapa’s ladies in black came out successful against Titikaveka 1-0.