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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Kossa dumps Marist to set up a grand final play-off with Koloale in the Honiara National Club Championships tomorrow

The Kossa FC (pictured) has defeated Marist 3-1 yesterday to set up a grand final playoff tomorrow with Koloale, who thrashed Northern Warriors of Central Province 7-1 in the other semi-final match of the National Club Championships in Honiara.

It is reported that Kossa boss Willie Lai is ecstatic with the win, but Marist fans are crying foul over their team's defeat. Within 10 minutes of the first half, Abraham Iniga was given the marching orders for a foul play on Kossa defender, Takahama. The decision infuriated the Marist bench who saw the red card as unnecessary claiming it was a fair challenge.

With a man-down Marist shifted to high gear and scored in a matter of minutes to the surprise of Kossa. Benjamin Mela buried a free kick outside of the eighteen yard to the jubilation of Marist supporters.

The celebration was short lived when in less then three minutes Kossa's Joe Luwi scored a cheeky goal, tipping the ball over Marist keeper Jr Samani. The score line remained 1 all till full time.

Kossa scored in extra time courtesy of a brilliant shot by Sammy Wahero. Gibson Hosea of Marist equalized in the last 15 minutes of extra time, only to see the goal canceled by the referee Mathew Taro. Taro cited an infringement inside the six yard box and canceled the goal. Marist threatened to leave the pitch saying the referee was biased and intentionally 'handing the game' to Kossa. The game resumed and Kossa put the game beyond reach through the ever skillful James Naka. The game ended 3-1 in favor of Kossa but Marist fans, officials and players will only remember the game as a classic 'daylight robbery'.

Kossa will now play Koloale in the finals tomorrow. Kolale were convincing winners over the Northern Warriors of Central Province, winning 7-1.

Source: Solomon Times

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