Marist goal scoring woes continues
By Taromane Martin
REIGNING Telekom Soccer League champions Solomon Warriors FC has defeated Marist FC 3-1 in the grand final of the TSL Championship to complete their season with another double.
First half goals from Jerry Donga and Kensy Tangis saw Solomon Warriors leading Marist 2-0 at the break before Marist defender Michael Boso, back from injury, pulled a goal back for Marist in 69 minutes into the second half.
Davidson Tome came close to levelling the game for Marist but saw his shot on goal rebounding off the cross bar and out for a Warriors goal kick.
Gagame Feni sealed the win for Warriors 85 minutes into the second half after missing four chances earlier for his side.
Head Coach Moses Toata was pleased with the win saying his players really showed their determination to win the final yesterday and can now regard his team as the competition champions.
“First of all I want to thank Marist for a wonderful game today. We came for the match full of confidence today because we really prepared for it,” Coach Toata said.
“I’m pleased with their performance and they showed today they were determined to win. Not only that but the fact we created a lot of chances is good.
“At the moment I can call our team the TSL champions because we only lost the title once and I think this is one of the motivations for the boys.
“We regard ourselves as the champions of this competition and therefore we always try to win the championships. I look forward for next season, if this team is still together, to try and keep our record intact,” Toata said
His counterpart Jerry Allen admitted it was not their game but was pleased with the way his young players stepped up to the occasion.
“Unfortunately it was not our day. As you can see I had to play the young boys today and I’m satisfied with their performance,” Coach Allen said.
“It is good they experience this level and for most of them this is their first time to be in a final at this level.
“I’m not really worried about the result. I rested most of my experienced players today because they have minor injuries.
“We had to take precautionary measures to protect them because if they had played and something serious happen to them then we’ll have no one to play for us,” he said.
Allen admitted finishing is still their problem heading into next month’s quarterfinal clash with Nalkutan FC of Vanuatu but will address it come the new TSL season.