Tupapa Maraerenga premier men’s side has taken the lead in the 2022 Rarotonga football club competition after a convincing win over the weekend.
FC demolished Puaikura 6-0 in the Tower Insurance premier men’s feature match
of round three at CIFA Complex in Matavera on Saturday.
red troopers started the match well ensuring they maintain possession in their
bid to get much needed goals against Tupapa.
attempts were made by Puaikura forwards Dwayne Tiputoa and Albert Etuete as
they tried to breach the Tupapa wall of Ronnie Sakai and Dave Milanovich who
made sure to slow down these two speedsters and kept them at bay.
front for Tupapa, youngster Marcus Gibbens broke the deadlock after breaking
through Puaikura’s hard defensive line.
being down by a goal, Puaikura continued to test Tupapa’s defence but were not
able to guard their territory well as Tupapa scored three more goals to lead
4-0 at the break.
the second half Tupapa’s deadly winger Sunai Joseph added two more goals as the
side thumped Puaikura 6-0 to remain undefeated from three matches so far.
Nikao, Avatiu and Nikao Sokattak couldn’t manage to get any goals as the match
ended in a nil-all draw while Matavera took three points from Titikaveka with a
forwards especially their striker, who seemed to have run out of gas in the
second spell, lacked the clinical finish to execute the many opportunities the
team created in the match. Titikaveka who suffered heavy losses against Tupapa
and Nikao looked a much better side on Saturday.
will have to improve drastically if they want to avoid an embarrassing loss
against a formidable Tupapa this weekend.
the Islander Women’s division Puaikura’s red maidens came out to CIFA Complex
famished, wanting to cause an upset against Tupapa’s Ladies in Black, the
nippy forward Adriana Hauser was hard to handle as she weaved her way through Puaikura’s
staunch defensive wall of Natasha Dean and Pekarau Mataio, as quick as she got
to the ball. Hauser scored the opener giving Tupapa a slender 1-0 lead at the
back on the field after their half time break, Tupapa defenders did well to
keep Puaikura at bay. But Puaikura had other ideas, ramping up their attack on
secret weapon Ngamata Moekaa hustled for a goal every chance she had with
support from midfielder Simone Nicholas. Moekaa eventually found herself face
to face with Tupapa stopper Tupou Brogan and slotted home the equaliser to
level the score 1-all.
champions Puaikura were not done yet as they kept pushing and got rewarded with
another goal to win the match 2-1, handing Tupapa their first defeat of the
and Nikao Sokattak match ended in a nil-all draw, while Matavera and Titikaveka
finished with a 1-all draw.
6 Mix: Matavera FC vs Titikaveka FC: Titikaveka won by default, Puaikura FC vs
Tupapa Maraerenga FC: 4-1; Avatiu FC vs Nikao Sokattak FC: U8 Mix: 1-5, U10
Mix: 3-2, U12 Mix: 2-1, U15 Boys: 0-3, U15 Girls: 2-0, U18 Men: 2-1, Senior
Women: 0-0, Premier Men: 0-0. Puaikura FC vs Tupapa Maraerenga FC:
Mix: 0-6, U10 Mix: 0-2, U12 Mix: 1-6, U15 Boys: 4-1, U15 Girls: 0-2, U18 Men:
0-12, Senior Women: 2-1, Premier Men:0-6. Matavera FC vs Titikaveka FC: