By Taromane Martin
MARIST FC Head Coach Jerry Allen says his boys are still in form for their OFC quarterfinal clash with Vanuatu side Nalkutan FC next month in Port Villa.
Marist who defeated an outstanding Malaita Kingz FC 1-0 in their TSL Championship semi-final match yesterday will wait to take on Solomon Warriors FC in the grand final match this Sunday.
Coach Allen said their victory yesterday was a bonus for his team but stressed his players need to stay organised and focused at all times for their upcoming two games.
“Yes the boys are still in form for the last eight. The only thing is for them not to lose their concentration on what we have been doing, their tasks as a player and stay focus for these two big matches,” he told SunSPORTS yesterday.
“The win is a bonus for us, but what I want to see from the squad leading up to the quarterfinal’s is for us to be organised.
“We have to learn how to stay organised here before we travel for the quarterfinals. We have to maintain our consistency, work on areas we need to improve on and most importantly we have to last the entire 90 minutes,” he said.
Allen meanwhile says he expects this weekend’s final with Solomon Warriors FC to be tough but is looking forward to using that match as final preparation for quarterfinal match next month.
“This weekend’s grand final will be a tough one. Warriors are full set they have three international players in their squad, we have one.
“But we will try to rise up to the occasion and play our game for the final. We’ll give them a good game.
“The final will also be a good friendly for both of our clubs because it will help us to polish up on a few areas before we travel for the quarter finals,” he said.