Honiara coach rues missed chances


HONIARA under-19 coach Sam Wa’aria regrets the number of the goal scoring chances his boys squandered during yesterday’s 2-1 loss to Renbel Chiefs during yesterday’s round one match of the 2018 Youth Solomon Cup at Lawson Tama Stadium.

Speaking to SunSPORTS in the post-match interview, Wa’aria said his boys really put up a strong fight but failed to score.

Wa’aria instead congratulated a determined Renbel side who capitalized well on its few chances in the game to get the two goals and claim maximum competition points.

“The match today was physically tough for us. But technically, our boys put on an outstanding performance. They played according to our game plan.

“Renbel made good use of their only chances and won the game.

“We also had our chances but failed to deliver and lost the game although we dominated most of the possession.

“Toward the end, we pressured them deep into their own half and they were left to defend until the whistle,” he said.

Honiara take on Guadalcanal in their second match today at 2.30pm and it’s a must-win encounter.

Wa’aria added that they must win the second match to remain in strong contention.

However, he explained that Guadalcanal had a bye on the first day and they are expected to come out strong in their first match to get them going well in the competition.

“We have to work hard and get a win in this one. I will go through the mistakes committed during the first match and strengthen the weak areas before going into the second match,” Wa’aria said.

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