By Taromane Martin
MARIST FC moved four points clear over third placed KOSSA FC after picking three more points from Real Kakamora FC in their mid-week clash yesterday.
First half goals from Mathias Iani and Davidson Tome saw Marist fight back for a 2-1 lead at the break. Papua New Guinea international Koriak Upaiga added their third goal 52 minutes in the second half before Tome sealed the win a minute later with his second of the match.
The win sees Marist FC in second place with 26 points followed by KOSSA FC in third with 22 points and Henderson Eels FC in fourth position with 21 points.
Acting Head Coach Jerry Allen was pleased with the victory but says they will continue to work hard with two big matches still left to play.
“Well done to the boys. I’m really happy with them especially being in this position, fighting for second spot on the table,” Coach Allen said.
“Looking at the table it’s a very close race and with two big matches still left to go it won’t be easy and we have to work hard.
“Every game will be different and I have to continue reminding the boys that we have to continue work hard especially with the race gap so close.
“Real Kakamora FC is a good team but our win definitely will release some pressure now that we now have 26 points,” he said.
Real Kakamora FC Head Coach Batram Suri was honest saying Marist FC deserved to win stressing their club always tries to make it difficult for other clubs during their matches.
“Marist deserved to win the game. We tried our best to move up from the bottom of the table but it’s quite difficult with a team that does not have a lot of good players compared to the other clubs.
“It’s quite hard to expect a victory unless we have luck on our side. Otherwise we tried our best to make it hard for the other teams in all our matches and when I’m with a team I always try to win one more match,” Suri said.
Meanwhile TSL fixtures for this weekend will see Solomon Warriors FC taking on Malaita Kingz FC on Saturday at 2pm followed by Henderson Eels Fc and Western United FC at 4pm.
Matches for Sunday see Marist FC taking on KOSSA FC at 2pm followed by Real Kakamora FC and FC Guadalcanal at 4pm.