Marist Football Club
Robert Laua and Koriak upaiga score first half goals as Marist undid Western United yesterday.
Marist went 1-0 up in just 7mins when Robert Laua lob the goal keeper who is off his mark from 30yards out. Marist played without the Brazilian imports, both Marcelo Guilherme were injured, Diego is suspended. Koriak who played as centre back yesterday double the lead just before half time when he nodded home a lovely corner from Timothy Bakale. United’s forward, Totori and Paul Wale came so close on several occasions but were denied by the wood work twice.
There were number of changes in the starting 11 as regular starters, Diego and Atkin Kaua were on suspension, Brazil duo Marcelo and Guilherme were injured. Mathias, Davidson and John Rofeta started and a welcome for Anthony Talo at the gate who made his first start after returning from the Asian Games Kurukuru Futsal tour in Turkmenistan. Despite the searing heat, Marist knocking the ball around with supreme confidence, continued to dissect United’s backline and it seemed evitable the breakthrough would come sooner rather than later – and on 7minutes it finally did. Left Back Robert Laua drive forward before unleashing a long high ball from 30 yards out which sails straight into the empty net. United’s keeper was caught off his mark and the lob was just too much for him. Marist double the lead just before half-time when the Papua New Guinean centre back, Koriak Upaiga nodded home a lovely corner for his first Marist goal since joining the club last season.
The men in orange begin the second half brightly with several decent attempts and clear cut chances but were denied by outstanding goal keeping from Anthony Talo. United came so close in mid-second half but were denied twice hitting the woodwork. Marist dominated throughout and showed pace down in the second half as the defending champions held on to a 2-0 lead until full-time.
The win puts Marist on second place with 16 points, 5points behind league leaders Solomon Warriors. Marist will face Henderson Eels next week Sunday (22/10/17) 4pm at Lawson Tama.
Talo (GK), Waroi, Upaiga, Laua, Rofeta, Bule, Fa’arodo, Bakale, Iniga, Davidson, Mathias.
SUB: Boso, Zantas, Joel, Kairi, Taloga, Natanela, Guilherme