Isabel United and Kossa FC clashed at Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara in the ninth matchweek of Telekom S-League – the major football league from Solomon Islands. Despite having scored the opening goal of the contest, Kossa did not manage to win as Isabel came from behind to grab three important points in the table.
Ian Paia opened the scoreboard for Kossa in the 15th minute after beating Isabel’s goalkeeper Polycarp Bonave to put his side ahead. Eddie Kasute’e had the chance to extend Kossa’s lead but a defender headed the ball away to save Isabel United.
Isabel’s head coach Gideon Omokirio was forced to make a substitution in the first half as Eddie Sanga had to leave the pitch due to an injury and Cecil Buru came to the pitch to replace him. Omokirio’s side managed to equalize in the final minutes of the first half with a goal scored by Bently Kelobi from the penalty spot.
Despite having scored Isabel’s goal, Kelobi did not return for the second half as he was replaced by legendary Benjamin Totori. Leslie Ramo also left the pitch to be replaced by veteran Alick Maemae. Kossa’s goalscorer Ian Paia also left the pitch in the half time as Lore Fonaota came from the bench to replace him.
The most important moment of the match took place in the 73rd minute when Isabel’s Tuita Maeobia came to the pitch to replace Edward Huniuehu. Maeobia delivered a nice assist to Thomas Amasia in the 86th minute and scored once himself four minutes later to seal Isabel’s win by 3-1.
Isabel United are currently in the eighth position with ten points – only one point behind fifth placed side Kossa FC. You can check the current Telekom S-League standings, results and top scorers by clicking here.