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Nikao the leaders in premier contest

The wet weather may have dampened the Puaikura and Avatiu clash over the weekend but it wasn’t enough to deter Nikao Sokattak from gaining maximum points in the Round Cup Championship.

Nikao sailed their way to the top of the Van's Premier Men's table. Photo credit: CINEWS
Nikao sailed their way to the top of the Van’s Premier Men’s table. Photo credit: CINEWS

On Saturday, the Alex Napa-coached side defeated Matavera 1-0 to climb to the top of the Van’s premier men’s points table.

It was a performance of furious intensity at Takitumu School grounds.

Despite the win, Nikao will need to scrub up on their performance if they hope to win against defending champions Tupapa Maraerenga this weekend.

The close match against the tough Matavera could have gone either way, considering the chances the host created in the match.

It was an early goal by their striker Mark Leito in the first five minutes which gave the side the start they wished for.

Matavera who also brought class to the game gave the experiences of their opponents a real run for their money, fielding a much younger side than usual and holding onto the 1-0 deficit at the break.

At times in the second spell, it was Matavera who heaved pressure on Nikao, to frustrate them in attack and defence.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough from the hosts who lacked the finishing touch in the opportunities they created in the match.

Nikao, who were superb in the midfield control, also could not deliver their goods to extend their lead, winning by just a goal in the end.

The win puts Nikao on top of the premier men’s competition on 11points.

Puaikura who were the competition leaders will need to win against Avatiu in the postponed match tomorrow if they want to regain their spot at the top.

Meanwhile in the other matches over the weekend, the BSP under-14 girls also produced a tough game which saw Nikao escape with a 1-0 win over Matavera. Following this match, U14 boys took to the field and ended the clash locked at nil-all, Today, Puaikura and Avatiu will play their next lot of round six matches at The Swamp with the BSP U14 boys to kick off at 4pm followed by the Islander Hotel senior women’s match at 5pm.

Results:

Takuvaine-Titikaveka – Premier Men 3-0, Senior Women 0-1, Under 17 Men 3-2, Under 14 Boys 0-12, Under 14 Girls 0-1, Under 11 Mix 2-2, Under 8 Mix 0-3; Matavera-Nikao Sokattak – Premier Men 0-1, Under 17 Boys 0-8, Under 14 Boys 0-0, Under 14 Girls 0-1, Under 11 Mix 4-0, Under 8 Mix 1-1; Avatiu-Puaikura – Under 17 Boys 1-5, Under 11 Mix 0-2, Under 8 Mix 2-1

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