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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Solomon Katukatu U12 qualifies for semi finals in Ba, Fiji

By Francis Pituvaka in Lautoka

The Solomon Katukatu U12 boys qualify for the semifinals after collecting mixed bag of results from the competition held at Govind Park Ba over the last two days.

Having arrived on the eve of the competition, it took them a while to settle down into the competition.
On Friday, they played two matches against Fiji 2 and Fiji 3 respectively. The Katukatus drew nil-all in their first match before they beat Fiji 3 by 4-0 to end their day with four (4) points.

Yesterday morning, they could only settle for a draw with Samoa 2 before they handed neighbours Besta Kapul of PNG a 3-2 beating. The boys led 2 nil at half time but complacency in the defence allowed PNG to score to successive goals before Solomon Katukatu's tallisman Jamie Molea rounded the PNG defence to send a neat cross across the face of the goal for Junior Fa'arodo to finish.
That goal was scored at injury time and not long after the final whistle went for the end of the match.

Young Molea was again instrumental in their win against Canterbury of New Zealand in their final match. The Solomon Katukatu needed to win this match to secure their place as they were tie on eight point with their opponent prior to this match. It was a jigsaw puzzle as the next two teams in their pool Samoa 2 and Fiji 2 are on six points and if either of them wins, they would have a chance to progress on into the semis. Both teams drew 0-0 so made it easier for Solomon Katukatu.

Katukatu's win has elevated them to the top of the Group B table and they will now take on the runner up in Pool A which is United Soccer 1 of New Zealand today.

Source: SIFF News

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