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Friday, March 23, 2007

Marist FC earns three crucial points in final match against Tahitian champs to save O'League slot

Two unanswered second half goals by Marist FC against AS Temanava yesterday afternoon from Joe Luwi and James Naka was enough to bring back pride to Solomon Islands soccer and secure the 5th spot in the O'League competition.

The duo combined well to unlock AS Temanava defence and creating chances that went begging in the first half. Going nil-all into the breather, Marist coaches must have grilled the players to put aside the first half woes to make a fresh start.

It paid dividends when Luwi broke the deadlock minutes after restart. He was on the receiving end of a perfect Naka pass to hammer home past Tahiti's keeper Rudolphe Toromona for the opening goal. It was his third in the tournament.

Naka scored one of his own to wrap up Marist campaign in the O'League competition with three points.

It was a sweet victory for all Solomon Islanders who are passionate about this round ball game. With three straight loses by Marist starting with their home match with Ba in Honiara and the two away matches in Fiji and Tahiti respectively, many soccer fans had lost all hope in their team.

However, the win has resurrected the pride and passion Solomon Islanders have for football.

Source: SIFF

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