In an unfortunate battle against a host team, Tokoroa were beaten 5 goals to one in their first match at the CIFA Complex in Matavera.
The start of the match saw both sides struggling to gain their momentum and with a few unlucky attempts at goal, Tokoroa was left to fight back possession of the ball 20 minutes into the game.
A poor tackle just outside the keeper’s box cost the rest of the game for the Tokoroa side, when a free kick was awarded to their opponents and converted successfully by youngster Ngame Taringa to take the score up to 1-0.
This set the motion for the host team who continued to play to their strengths and put three more balls through to end the half time score at 4 goals to nil. Young Piri Murare scored two goals, while Moeroa Harmon scored one at her own merit.
With a better second half in stride of Tokoroa, a reshuffle in their positioning played to their advantage when a strike off a quick Anahera Hunopo-Moetu caught local goalkeeper Dora Iripa off-guard to score their only goal.
However, it wasn’t long until the host side counteracted and secured their win with another boot through the net by Geneva Miles to end the game with a 5-1 score.
Tokoroa coach Dean Tereu said the game was an eye-opening experience for his team who struggled with the physicality of yesterday’s match.
“The girls got a real shock in the first twenty minutes where they struggled with the pace of the game,” Tereu said.
“The second half I thought we were a bit better, we got used to it and managed to score one goal.”
Tereu who is a former national football representative for the Cook Islands was amazed by the standard and quality of the Rarotonga selection side.
“For me as a Cook Islander I was really proud of the local girls’ team who played extremely well,” he said.
“They did a remarkable job with moving the ball around and I take my hat-off to them and their coaches.”
The Tokoroa side will play their next and final match on Thursday 14 July kicking off at 4:45pm at the CIFA Complex in Matavera. Everyone is welcome to come along and watch the match.