The Tupapa Maraerenga premier Men’s team used a 24th minute penalty kick from Paavo Mustonen to earn a spirited 1-0 victory against Puaikura, in their season opener on Saturday 18th August at the CIFA Complex.
Both teams took time finding their rhythm in the first half. Puaikura pushed forward early with a few dangerous runs. Albert had the best Puaikura opportunity of the first half when he raced into the right side of the box in the 4th minute. Tupapa Maraerenga goalkeeper Manaariki Pierre was quick off his line to snuff out the shot to keep the game scoreless.
Tupapa Maraerenga’s best chance of the match came 10 minutes later when midfielder Anthony Samuela lofted a pass through the midfield behind the Puaikura back line to find the speedy Geosah George but his shot was met with a save from Roimata Moetaua.
After a half that saw promising glimpses, but not a lot of clear cut changes, Tupapa Maraerenga took the lead right before the interval.
Tupapa Maraerenga took advantage of a spot kick resulting from a clear handball foul in the box as Paavo Mustonen stepped forward and struck the ball into the bottom right corner of the net to put them ahead of Puaikura 1-0.
The remainder of the first half was silent, and Tupapa Maraerenga held a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period.
During the second half Puaikura tried tirelessly for an equalizer but this was not to be with Tupapa winning the match courtesy of Mustonen’s first half goal.
Tupapa Maraerenga displayed physicality and speed throughout the match as they consistently maintained control of the ball and locked down the Puaikura offense.
In the other premier men’s matches, Nikao Sokattak took on Titikaveka to win four goals to one, while Avatiu defeated Matavera 4-2.
In the senior women’s division, Tupapa Maraerenga thrashed Puaikura 9-0 and the same with Avatiu putting away Matavera 9-0 whilst Titikaveka and Nikao Sokattak battled to a 2-2 draw.
Below are the full results from Round 1 of the Rarotonga Round Cup Competition
Puaikura vs. Tupapa Maraerenga
Premier Men 0-1
Senior Women 0-9
U-14 Boys 3-2
U-14 Girls 10-0
Matavera vs Avatiu
Premier Men 2-4
Senior Women 0-9
U-14 Boys 2-0
U-14 Girls 3-0
Nikao Sokattack vs. Titikaveka
Premier Men 4-1
Senior Women 2-2
U-14 Boys 0-3
U-14 Girls 4-0