They came, they saw and they conquered.Tupapa Maraerenga inflicted a first defeat on Nikao Sokattak as they outplayed their opponents to storm to a 2-0 victory in round seven of the Van’s Premiership on Saturday.
Tupapa Maraerenga inflicted a first defeat on Nikao Sokattak as they outplayed their opponents to storm to a 2-0 victory in round seven of the Van’s Premiership on Saturday.
Nikao had been undefeated in five games of the Round Cup competition, with three wins and one draw, but a goal from Tupapa striker Campbell Best and another from Auckland-import player Souleymane Cissko brought that run to an end out at the Nikao field.
An early start to the game saw a structured Tupapa side force their way into the box after a poor pass from a Nikao defender was intercepted by Cissko who then fired high of the target.
Their domination in the midfield saw the side carry the ball fluidly down the line a number of times however, with Nikao in its deep defensive structure it was almost too impossible to put the ball into the net.
Nikao had chances to create some opportunities of their own, but failed to do so when a few silly mistakes let their possession down in the first third.
By the 36th minute, Tupapa had raced into the lead as Cissko whipped in a through ball for Best, who followed in from the last marker to slice their first goal into the back of the net before the half-time whistle. After a sloppy start, Nikao soon…
Weathered a storm in the second spell and began to find their feet in the game, with Julius David forcing his way into the box a number of times only to be thwarted by the saving ability of Tupapa’s keeper John Vano.
However, it wasn’t long before Tupapa fought their way back. Their experience helped drive the ball forward and a pass through the Nikao side led to their second goal – a fine solo effort by Cissko in the 67th minute. By then it was too late for Nikao to make any change to a more attacking style. They did, however, maintain their defensive structure and managed to keep Tupapa at 2-0 going into full-time.
After their big performance, Tupapa climbs to second spot on the points table.
In the other premier men’s match, Puaikura defeated Titikaveka 11 goals to nil to further their goal difference on the points table. In the Islander Hotel Senior Women’s matches over the weekend, Tupapa Maraerenga managed a 1-0 win over Nikao in what was another tough tussle. Titikaveka also won their match 1-0 against Puaikura.
Here are the results from last week’s round seven matches.
Results: Nikao Sokattak-Tupapa Maraerenga: Premier Men 0-2, Senior Women 0-1, U17 Men 3-1, U14 Boys 1-0, U14 Girls 1-2, U11 Mixed 1-3, U8 Mixed 1-1; Matavera-Avatiu: Premier Men 1-1, U17 Men 3-2, U14 Boys 3-0, U14 Girls 0-3, U11 mixed 3-0, U8 mixed 1-2; Titikaveka-Puaikura: Premier Men 0-11, Senior Women 1-0, U17 Boys 2-2, U14 Boys 2-1, U14 Girls 1-1, U11 Mixed 1-4, U8 Mixed 4-0