Kooline wins OFC Futsal Champions League

The Solomon Islands Futsal reached another milestone: the Solomon Islands national champions Kooline claimed the regional glory as they beat AS PTT Noumea in the grand final of OFC Futsal Champions League by the score of 7-5.

A imagem pode conter: 6 pessoas, pessoas praticando esportes e texto
The champios of Kooline FC – Solomon Daily Football

Despite not having their star player Anthony Talo behind the posts due his red card received in their previous match against D’York Street from Vanuatu, Kooline still had very important members of the Kurukuru, as Elis Mana, Coleman Makau and Alvin Hou. The bad news for Kooline in the match, just after scoring the first goal of th encounter through Elis Mana, came with another red card, this time for their number 10 Alvin Hou. Just after his red card, AS PTT was able to level the match.

Robert Laua put Kooline upfront once again, but just minuters later Christ Pei put the numbers equal in the scoreboard. Christ Pei and Harry Hmaloko scored to put AS PTT two goals upfront in the score, Elis Mana scored his second and reduced the margin, but Matthieu Wassin restored the two goal difference.

A imagem pode conter: 1 pessoa, praticando um esporte, sapatos, quadra de basquetebol e atividades ao ar livre
Elis Mana was instrumental for Kooline in the grand final – OFC Media

After suffering the fifth goal, the game turned in favour of Kooline that were able to score four goals in the final minutes of the game. Benjamin Mana started the comeback, with Elis Mana completing his hattrick to equalize the match and just some minutes after levelling the score, a good combination play of Robert Laua left Benjamin Mana unmarked inside the box just to tap the ball to the nets to complete the comeback.

The last goal of the competition probrably is one of the most beautiful of the entire tournament. To finish in fashion the tournament, Elis Mana lobbed the goalkeeper from his own half, to score the seventh for Kooline to secure them the regional glory.

It was against the same AS PTT that Kooline sealed their spot in the grand final, the Solomon Islands side won all their matches, just having a draw once against the New Caledonians in the group phase.

The third placed team of the tournament was AFF Futsal from New Zealand as they beat 7-0 AS Pirae from Tahiti in the 3rd/4th spot playoff and the Fijian side of Suva beat D’York Street in the penalty shootout to claim the 5th place in the tournament, leaving the Ni-Vanuatu side in the bottom of the rankings of the first ever OFC Futsal Champions League.

6 thoughts on “Kooline wins OFC Futsal Champions League

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: