BY ROMULUS HUTA
MARIST are in high spirit ahead of their Telekom S-League championship series semifinal encounter against Malaita Kings this afternoon.
The match this afternoon is the second semifinal of the Telekom S-League championship series and fixed for a 3pm kick off at the Lawson Tama Stadium.
Buoyed by two convincing wins over FC Guadalcanal in the two-legged round one fixture recently, Coach Jerry Allen is anticipating a tough clash against Kings.
“We are looking forward to a good game tomorrow (today) and we are ready for it.
“Malaita Kings have shown in the round one matches through their results that they are a team to beat.
“They have a very young team at the moment and they are very fast.
“Our task is to shut them down and go for a win,” Allen said.
Apart from the domestic competition, Marist is one of the country’s two representatives in the Oceania Champions League alongside Solomon Warriors.
Allen indicated that they are using the championship series as part of their preparation ahead of the vital quarterfinal date with Vanuatu champions Nalkutan on April 7 in Port Vila.
“We recently participated in the Oceania Champions League group stage and came out with a high spirit following our qualification into the quarter.
“The championship series is a good preparation for us toward that and we take each game seriously.
“A good performance here will certainly put us on right track heading into the Oceania Champions League quarterfinal next month,” he said.
Marist finished second behind Warriors in the TSL standing upon the completion of league matches last November.
Warriors have already qualified into the grand final following the 4-2 win posted over a determined KOSSA yesterday afternoon at Lawson Tama.
Warriors await the winner of this afternoon’s encounter between Marist and Kings for the grand final set down for Sunday 3pm.
“If we happen to make it through into the grand final then that will come as a blessing as we will have one more match to get us in shape ahead of the trip to Vanuatu next month,” Allen said.
The TSL championship series grand final on Sunday will finally put a close to the curtain of the 2017/18 season.