SIPA Futsal league underway
By Taromane Martin
THE national U-17 junior Kurukuru futsal team has picked up their first win in the 2018 SIPA National Futsal League yesterday defeating Indo-Solo 7-5.
The Stanley Puirana coached side stole the lead mid-way through the first half, team captain Junior Mana finding the back of the net twice for the junior national side.
Frankster Rukumana added another goal for his team five minutes from the break to lead 4-0.
Indo Solo responded back with four quick goals to tie the scores and showing why they are the defending champions of the Suva National Hire/Pasifika Tents International Futsal Championship, and why they claimed third position in last year’s National Top 8 futsal challenge.
Indo Solo were hoping to keep the scores tied at the break but national U-17 player Travis Sao added another goal on the stroke of half time to lead 5-4 at the break.
Indo-Solo managed to level the scores, five all, only to see Rukumana finding the back of the net for his hat trick before forcing an own goal to see the Junior Kurukurus win 7-5.
Other results from day one of the SIPA national futsal league yesterday saw an experienced Kooline side defeating Real Kakamora 4-1.
Coleman Makau, George Stevenson and Atana Faarodo were on target for Kooline while Mike Oge scored Real Kakamora goal in the final seconds of the game.
Koloale also opened their campaign with a win defeating Vania 3-1 thanks to two goals from Eddie Taevo and a Joseph Onika strike in the second half.
Koloale Head Coach Junior Corey was pleased with the win but stressed there are still a lot of areas to improve on.
Vania Head Coach Paul Muia though disappointed with the result was pleased with how his players managed to hold an experienced Koloale side.
Muia said they look forward for their remaining matches saying, “We’re here to compete. Even though we lost we will always try to make sure it is not an easy win for the other team.
Meanwhile matches for the SIPA National Futsal League will continue on Thursday at the Multipurpose Hall.