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Puaikura battle Nikao to 1-1 draw

Pekay Edwards scored in the twelfth minute and Toru Mateariki answered in the 46th
minute as Nikao Sokattak and Puaikura premier men’s team battled to a 1-1 draw at
the CIFA Complex on Saturday.

Thomas Damon nearly converted following a long run in the opening minute of the
match, but his shot slid wide right.

Again Puaikura had a chance in the sixth minute when Dwayne Tiputoa chipped a
ball to Pekay Edwards who circled in from the right but was unable to volley the ball
into the net.

Just moments later, Pekay Edwards beat Nikao Sokattak’s goalkeeper low to his left
to give Puaikura a 1-0 lead twelve minutes into the match.

The pace would quicken after Puaikura took the 1-0 lead with both teams battling for
each opportunity.

Julius David, and James Ossyramo, both had excellent attempts only to see shots
pushed out by a mere foot or two by the Puaikura goalkeeper in the 35th and 42nd
minute.

Much of the action in the first half took place on Nikao’s side of the pitch.

After a lively first half that found Nikao Sokattak trailing, 1-0, the Green and yellow
came out with a vengeance.

Mark Leito collected the ball in the box and touched it to Mateariki, who one-timed it
pass the Puaikura keeper in the 46th minute to level the score 1-1.

Tumatangi Tumatangi came up huge just a few minutes later, smothering a direct
free kick from outside the box.

Again Tumatangi was forced to make a save at close range from an attacking
Nathan Tism in the 76th minute.

Puaikura tried to make a push for the win, but Tahiri Elikana stopped Puaikura from
finding the back of the net three times in the last few minutes of the match.

Both teams raced up and down the field, each getting shots and quality chances, but
goalies Tumatangi and Elikana did well to keep the scores locked at 1-1.

In the other Van’s Premier Men’s matches Titikaveka, the host beat Avatiu 2-0 and
Tupapa Maraerenga defeated Matavera 3-0 on Friday afternoon.

Below are the results from Round 7 of the Rarotonga Football Competition:

Puaikura vs Nikao Sokattak
Premier Men 1-1
Senior Women 0-7
U-17 Men 3-2
U14 Boys 1-8
U14 Girls 1-0
U11 Mixed 3-0
U8 Mixed 0-3

Titikaveka vs Avatiu
Premier Men 2-0
U-17 Men’s 2-3
U14 Boys 0-3
U-14 Girls 0-0
U11 Mixed 2-1
U8 Mixed 1-3

Matavera vs Tupapa Maraerenga
Premier Men 0-3
Senior Women 0-3
U-17 Men’s 2-5
U14 Boys 0-4
U14 Girls 4-0
U11 Mixed 3-0
U8 Mixed 0-2

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