Marist Football Club
Marist Young Striker Mathias Ian caps second start of the 2017/18 with a winner to push Marist up to the second place of the S-League table. Upaiga got his second goal of the season.
The weather was not favourable yesterday as heavy rain begin to fall just before kick-off.
Marist wasted no time in the opening minutes looking more determined to score first. Iniga had the best chance to put Marist ahead in the opening minutes, charging forward with clear goal opportunity in his sight but was taken down early just outside the box by Warriors keeper Izomo. Free kick was awarded just outside the box was taken by Captain Henry Fa'arodo. Fa'arodo curved in a delightful strike and was calmly headed home by incoming Koriak Upaiga to spark the joyous celebration at the dugout.
After conceding so early, Warriors begin to settle and begin dominating possesion but were not able to break down Marist stubborn defence. The defensive solidity of Boso, Waroi, Upaiga and Laua, with the support of Fa’arodo, Bule and Bakale in the middle that has become the hallmark of Marist was again on show, and on odd occasion that Warriors did manage to break through, Anthony Talo was equal to anything that came his way. Solomon Warriors found their equalizer on the 30th minute when Gagame Feni volleyed in a free kick from outside the box went straight into the back of the net. Bakale almost put Marist 2-1 up when he curved in a corner kick only to be denied by the cross bar. Atkin Kaua was injured just before half time and was replaced by Davidson Tome. The score line locked 1-1 at half time.
Both teams returned after the break with renewed energy and hope for the much needed winner.
A superb finish from Mathias Ian restored the lead for Marist in the 47th minute. The goal came from a well worked effort by Davidson Tome who raced down the right flank before unleashing a powerful low cut back to Mathias Ian who was just at the right place to smash home. Marist were down to 10men in final minutes of the game after Jeffery Bule received second yellow card. The slippery surface made life difficult for both sides, but despite with only 10 men, Marist’s toil was rewarded with a win that push them to second on the league table.
Marist will be back in action on Wednesday 4pm (Mid-week fixture) November 8 against Real Kakamora at Lawson Tama stadium.
MARIST: Talo (GK), Waroi, Boso, Upaiga, Laua, Fa’arodo, Bakale, Bule, Kaua, Iniga, Mathias.
SUB: Harold (GK), John, Taloga, Aeta, Davidson, Joel, Amasia.
Solomon Warriors: Izomo (GK), Aengari, Jason, Fakari, Poila, Tigi, Alick, Donga, Daudau, Gagame, Tangis.
SUB: Joseph (GK), Pita, Paia, Wetney, Samani, Natou, Matson.