The fifth matchweek of 2020 Telekom S-League started on this Saturday with two entertaining matches at Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara – the capital of the Solomon Islands. Both matches ended with the same final score (3-2) as Solomon Warriors got closer to league leaders Henderson Eels.
Marist FC and Malaita Kingz clashed in the first match of the day and Bobby Lesley opened the scoreboard for his side after a terrible mistake by Malaita’s defense. A few minutes later Abraham Iniga found the net after a free kick taken by Mahew Fagono to extend Marist’s lead. The Kingz still have time to score in the first half with a amazing shot by David Filia in a free kick from the left wing.
In the second half Marist FC kept their dominance and Lesley scored his second goal of the day to put his side ahead by 3-1, but Malaita Kingz managed to cut the difference one minute later when Joshua Araha found the net after a powerful shot. Both teams still tried to score more goals but it did not happen. At the final whistle the score was 3-2 in favour of Marist FC that are currently in the third position with seven points in four matches. On the other hand, Kingz remain on bottom of the table with five losses in five games.
The good match between Marist and Malaita Kingz was surely a good warm up for what came next. Solomon Warriors and Real Kakamora starred a breathtaking match for those who love football. Forward Adrian Mara opened the scoreboard in the 18th minute with a beautiful shot to put Kakamora ahead. Seven minutes later, Alwin Hou headed the ball into the net after a nice cross from the right wing to equalize.
Warriors managed to take the lead in the 40th minute when defender Richard Raramo scored an own goal after a touch by Lency Norman. Real Kakamora had the chance to equalize but team captain Ian Ngahu missed a penalty.
Things got worse for Real Kakamora in the second half when Liomasia Carlos was sent off after receiving two yellow cards. Despite having only ten players in the pitch, they still managed to equalize with a penalty kick scored by Adrian Mara. The 22-year-old forward had the chance to put his team ahead again in the 86th minute in another penalty kick but Warriors’ goalkeeper Timothy Mae’arasia saved it. One minute later, Richard Raramo saw the red card after a fouling Vanuatu international John Alick. Despite all efforts, Real Kakamora lost the match by 3-2.
Warriors’ biggest problems in the match were the red cards as Molis Junior Gagame and Emmanuel Poila were sent off and must not be available for the next match against current league leaders Henderson Eels on next Sunday.
Solomon Warriors’ head coach William Omokirio recorded his second straight win in charge of the team. He revealed in a post-match interview that it is easier to work with an experienced team who have been together for a while as he is slowly getting to know the players. On the other hand, Kakamora’s assistant coach Sam Wa’aria expressed his satisfaction with the team despite the loss as they now know where they are in comparison to other teams in the league after playing one of the best teams in the league.
Warriors are currently in the second position with ten points in four matches while Kakamora stand in the eighth position with five points. You can check Telekom S-League standings, results and top scorers by clicking here.