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Thrilling win sends Nikao into finals

A narrow 5-4 win in penalty shootout over rivals Arorangi in a typically closely-fought game has earned Nikao Senior Boys a place in the 2011 Primary School Soccer Tournament, where they are to meet Avatea.
With two minutes remaining in the second half Nikao scored what was thought to be the winning goal with a brilliant shot from inside the goal area catching the Arorangi goal keeper off guard.
Time was starting to run out for Arorangi, by but they showed a lot of determination. Arorangi equalized in the dying seconds to force a penalty shoot-out.
With the crowd watching on Nikao and Arorangi proceeded with the penalty shoot-out to determine who will face Avatea in today’s final and Nikao came out victors with five goals to four.
Avarua Senior Girls proved once again why they are the champions, winning all four of their Round games to lead the competition with the last game to be played today.
Today’s final matches will see the seniors girls play at 2.45pm with the main game to be played between Avarua and Avatea for the 2011 Primary School title. Following the girl’s games at 3.20pm, Nikao will face Avatea for 1st & 2nd placing in the senior boys division while Arorangi will play Nukutere for 3rd & 4th. The third match in the boy’s division will see Avarua challenge the combined schools, Te Uki Ou/Imanuela for 5th & 6th placing.
Presentation of trophies will take place after the finals.
Results from last Wednesday:
Avarua 3 – Arorangi 0; Avatea 1 – Nukutere 0; Nikao 1 – Titikaveka/Papaaroa 2
Nikao 3 – Arorangi 3 (Nikao winning by 5-4 in penalty shootout); Avatea 2 – Nukutere 0; Te Uki Ou/Imanuela 4 – Papaaroa/Titikaveka 1
Draw for today, Wednesday 30 March at the CIFA complex:
Field 1 Arorangi vs. Titikaveka/Papaaroa
Field 2 Avarua vs. Avatea
Field 3 Nikao vs. Nukutere
Field 1 Arorangi vs. Nukutere (For 3rd & 4th placing)
Field 2 Nikao vs. Avatea (for 1st & 2nd placing)
Field 3 Avarua vs. Te Uki Ou/Imanuela (for 5th & 6th placing)

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