Marist moves up in second.
By Taromane Martin
SOLOMON Warriors FC is back on top of the Telekom Soccer League (TSL) table after securing their third win in the competition yesterday.
The Moses Toata coached side are back on top with nine points after defeating KOSSA FC 3-0 while Marist FC escaped with a 2-1 win over Western United FC at the Lawson Tama Stadium.
Warriors had to wait until the 30 minutes into second half to penetrate the tired KOSSA defence who had very little time to recovery over the week, according to Head Coach Eddie Marahare.
“This week was a tough week for us but we have one week to prepare for our next game and compete again.
“Today we came up against a tough side and playing three games in one week I believe was too much for some of our young boys,” he told Sun SPORTS after their match yesterday.
KOSSA held Warriors scoreless in the first half before conceding three goals to see them walk empty handed from Lawson Tama yesterday.
“With the wind against us in the first half that was our plan in the first half unfortunately like I said playing three games in a week really affected us in the second half,” Marahare said.
“Next game we will play well again. Come second round and the rest period I believe we will be competitive again. The important thing for us now is recovery,” he said.
With their third win in the bag the table leaders will be switching focuses for their mid-week clash with defending TSl champions Marist FC.
“I’m very happy with the boys and I was not surprised with their performance today because we prepared really well for it,” Coach Toata said.
“We know KOSSA is a team very capable of causing upsets and it was obvious in the second half. But credit to my boys, they kept the momentum going for us after the first half.
“First half we wasted a lot of chances where we could have easily grab a comfortable lead. Our support play today was not enough.
“We patched it up during the half time talk made a few changes in the second half which finally paid out for us.
“At the moment I’m pleased with our defence line. It is yet to be tested. Last week we conceded quiet a number of goals against Western United FC but we have managed to work on it over the week.
“We have an important match on Wednesday against Marist. Right now this match is priority number one for us.
“If we work on it I believe defending can win this game for us because I have a lot of attacking players in the squad,” Toata adds.