TSL on a break

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Hadis Aengari (LEFT) of Solomon Warriors and Kenneth Watemae of KOSSA contesting for the ball during their game on Saturday. Warriors won 3 - 1.
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To allow the refurbishment of Lawson Tama stadium ahead of next month’s OFC Under-16 World Cup qualifiers

BY ROMULUS HUTA

THE Telekom S-League (TSL) will go on a one-month break until the last week of September.

This was confirmed yesterday by the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF), but could not reveal an actual resumption date.

The break is to allow the national governing football body to carry out some refurbishment work on the stadium’s turf and changing rooms as it prepares to host the Oceania Under-16 Championship due to be hosted in Honiara from September 9 to 22. The under-16 championship serves as the qualifiers for next year’s FIFA Under-17 world cup in Peru.

With four weeks gone since the start of the 2018/19 season of the TSL, Henderson Eels are leading the points table.

Eels are equal on seven points with Western United, Solomon Warriors, KOSSA and Real Kakamora, respectively, but gains the advantage to go to the top of the table due to goal calculations.

United climbs onto the second spot following a narrow 1-0 win over Marist on Saturday despite playing with a man down in the later stages of the match.

United coach Jacob Moli uttered his team came into the encounter needing a victory.

“I am very pleased with my players for getting us another important three points”, he said.

“We needed to win because a defeat would leave us play catchup to the top four teams.

“It’s our second win in the league so it will help us go into the remaining match of round one with huge confidence.”

Defending champions Solomon Warriors handed another title contender KOSSA their first defeat of the season on Saturday.

KOSSA who needed a win to go top held the champions 1-1 at the break.

Leading by example, Captain Harddis Aengari headed home in the 48th minute to put the Warriors back in front.

Solomon Islands international Jerry Donga puts the icing on the cake to make it 3-1 and seal the victory.

The win enabled Warriors to settle on third position.

Warriors coach Moses Toata insisted that he was not fully satisfied with his team’s overall performance.

“Overall I think we still need to improve in some areas of our game,” he said.

“However, it was a very important win for us because KOSSA were a good side.

“Our position in the league gives us a bit of confidence heading into the break.”

Meanwhile, Sunday’s only clash saw Real Kakamora continue its impressive run this season.

Real overcome Malaita Kingz 4-2 to move up to 5th position on the table with 7 points after four matches.

Papua New Guinea import Michael Foster and Solomon Islands U-19 defender Absalom Wawane levelled the score 2-2 at half-time.

Solomon Islands international Adrian Mara scored a brace either side of goals from Marlon Nonone and Willy Ngao to hand Real their second win of the season.

See TSL update table tally below as at Sunday August 26, 2018

Position

Team

P

W

D

L

G F

G A

G D

Pnts

1

Henderson Eels FC

3

2

1

0

13

4

9

7

2

Western United FC

3

2

1

0

8

1

7

7

3

Solomon Warriors FC

3

2

1

0

6

2

4

7

4

KOSSA FC

4

2

1

1

7

6

1

7

5

Real Kakamora FC

4

2

1

1

8

10

-2

7

6

Marist FC

3

1

0

2

3

4

-1

3

7

FC Guadalcanal

2

0

1

1

2

4

-2

1

8

Malaita Kingz FC

4

0

0

4

5

16

-11

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