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Robert Laua of Marist FC controls the ball past Kooline FC player George Stevenson.
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Kooline stays third

By Taromane Martin

Robert Laua of Marist FC controls the ball past Kooline FC player George Stevenson.

MARIST futsal team remained in second position on the 2018 SIPA national futsal league after they were held to a one all draw by Kooline FC on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s draw sees Marist with 22 points while Kooline FC remains in third position with 20 points.

Atana Faarodo gave Kooline hope in the first half of the game yesterday with a sublime finish but saw the experience of Captain Elliot Ragomo, steering Marist back on course in the second half after a nervous first half performance.

Kooline FC team Captain Coleman Makau was okay with the result but stressed they will need to work hard and win their last two remaining matches.

“First of all thank you to my players for the team spirit today. As we know Marist is a favourite to win like us, if we had lost today we’d be in fifth place,” Makau told SunSPORTS on Tuesday.

“It’s a draw and that’s how games are sometimes take no credit from Marist they were pretty tough.

“We still have two matches left and our aim is to win both of them because a draw is no longer an option,” he said.

Marist FC Team Captain Elliot Ragomo was pleased with the draw and praised his team mates for the team spirit yesterday.

“I’m really happy with the boys in the team they are improving every single day and as games goes on and I think to be still unbeaten is very impressive for us and is a good result for our boys,” he said.

“This is not the first time for us to come from behind and pick up points. Today we trailed by a goal but in some of our matches we’ve been down four goals.

“But still we managed to come back to win the game and to come back from behind and settle for a draw today we are happy.

“One thing which we have is the never give up attitude; you keep fighting until the final whistle and I’m very impressed with how the boys play and how disciplined they are in keeping their composure.

“With the quality of players we have, I think it looks good where we are heading right now in the tournament.

“We look forward for our remaining matches and hopefully we continue the momentum and will the tournament,” Ragomo adds.

Meanwhile, Marist is set to take on current table leaders Futsal Solympics who are with 24 points Thursday next week at the Multipurpose Hall.