Kooline denies Marist pole position
By Taromane Martin
MARIST futsal team is aiming to win the 2018 Solomon Islands Port Authority (SIPA) National Futsal League title, according to team captain Elliot Ragomo.
Marist who is still undefeated in the competition was held to a 1-1 draw by title contenders Kooline FC at the Multipurpose Hall yesterday.
The draw sees Marist with 22 points on the competition table behind Futsal Solympics who they will meet Thursday next week at the Multipurpose Hall.
Ragomo said the team has been working very hard towards achieving their aim of winning the futsal league and is happy with the direction futsal in the country is heading.
“Our aim is simple and that is to win the league. We’ve been working hard every single day for every single game and opponents,” he said.
“We do this so when the time comes we know what to do in order to counter attack whoever we play.
“I’m really happy with the boys, they are improving every single day and game by game, and I think to be still unbeaten is very impressive for us and is a good result for our boys.
“I think this national futsal league really shows where the standard of futsal is in Solomon Islands and even in the Pacific.
“I’m really, really happy about it because it shows futsal in the country is heading in the right direction and this is good for the growth of the sport here.
“This year we have a very young team combined with a lot of experience players.
“Through our experiences we always try to show in all of our games good sportsmanship, what kind and type of futsal we all should be playing in the country.
“But again for us, we always try to train and work hard towards achieving our aims and goals as a club and team,” he adds.
Marist had to wait until the second half to find the equaliser after Atana Fa’arodo Jnr gave Kooline the lead in the first half.
A wasteful first half saw Marist trailing a goal down at the break but saw Ragomo levelling the scores in the second half with a thunderous right foot shot to keep Marist unbeaten run in the competition alive.
Meanwhile, other results from the 2018 SIPA futsal league yesterday saw Indo-Solo defeating Henderson Eels FC 6-2 while Vania FC suffered a humiliating 16-0 defeat at the hands of Guntimac FC.