Despite the heavy afternoon rain, the Tupapa Maraerenga Premier men’s team defeated Puaikura in a 4-1 decision at Raemaru Park.
Grover Harmon netted two goals, while Geoffery Strickland and Paavo Mustonen each added a score to solidify Tupapa’s victory.
Puaikura put on the pressure in the early goings of the game, as they continuously fired off shots against the Tupapa Maraerenga defense but were unable to find their target.
Tupapa Maraerenga managed to grab the lead in the 17th minute when Grover Harmon’s shot from outside the 18 found the back of the net.
The game opened up after that, and Conroy Tiputoa for Puaikura missed a wide-open net on a 2-on-1 attack in the 20th minute
Tupapa Maraerenga pushed ahead with a 2-0 lead, as Geoffery Strickland beat his defender and slotted the ball into the top right corner.
Grover would get Tupapa’s next scoring opportunity in the 27th minute on a free kick slipping it past the keeper.
The first half ended 3-0 in favor of Tupapa Maraerenga.
Puaikura responded quickly in the second half, as Daniel Tonorio scored their first and only goal in the 54th minute.
Puaikura just could not capitalize on their opportunities and Mustonen went on to score Tupapa Maraerenga’s fourth goal of the match to seal the 4-1 victory for the visitors in the 81st minute.
In the other Van’s Premier Men’s matches Avatiu and Matavera battled to a 1-1 draw whilst Nikao Sokattak picked up a win against Titikaveka 3-0 on Friday afternoon.
In the Islander Senior Women’s Division Tupapa Maraerenga is now leading the points table after gaining the maximum points against Puaikura 2-0 and Titikaveka’s unbeaten run ended on Friday afternoon after going down to Nikao Sokattak 1-0.
Below are the results from Round Eleven of the Rarotonga Round Cup Competiton.
Puaikura vs Tupapa Maraerenga
Premier Men 1-4
Senior Women 0-2
U-17 Men 0-1
U14 Boys 0-2
U14 Girls 9-0
U11 Mixed 4-0
U8 Mixed 0-1
Nikao Sokattak vs Titikaveka
Premier Men 3-0
Senior Women 1-0
U-17 Men’s 6-2
U14 Boys 0-0
U14 Girls 1-0
U11 Mixed 0-1
U8 Mixed 5-0
Avatiu vs Matavera
Premier Men 1-1
Senior Women 1-1
U-17 Men’s 1-5
U14 Boys 2-0
U-14 Girls 0-0
U11 Mixed 5-0
U8 Mixed 2-0