Tuesday, 29 May 2007 10:04 AM
KOSSA upsets the mighty Marists
The scoreboard reads 3-1 in favor of KOSSA, what the scoreboard could not register was the drama involved in the win.
Willie Lai is ecstatic with the win, but Marist fans are calling foul. Within 10 minutes of the first half, Iniga was given the marching orders for a foul play on Takahama. The decision fueled the Marist bench who saw the red card as unnecessary claiming it was a fair challenge.
With a man-down Marist shifted to high gear and scored in a matter of minutes to the surprise of KOSSA. Benjamin Mela buried a free kick outside of the eighteen yard to the jubilation of Marist supporters.
The celebration was short lived when in less then three minutes KOSSA's Luwi scored a cheeky goal, tipping the ball over Marist keeper Jr Samani. The score line remained 1 all till full time.
KOSSA scored in extra time courtesy of a brilliant shot by Wahero. Gibson Hosea of Marist equalized in the last 15 minutes of extra time, only to see the goal canceled by the referee Mathew Taro. Taro cited an infringement inside the six yard box and canceled the goal. Marist threatened to leave the pitch saying the referee was biased and intentionally 'handing the game' to KOSSA. The game resumed and KOSSA put the game beyond reach through the ever skillful James Naka. The game ended 3-1 in favor of KOSSA but Marist fans, officials and players will only remember the game as a classic 'daylight robbery'.
KOSSA will now play Kolale in the finals tomorrow. Kolale were convincing winners over the Northern Warriors of Central Province, winning 7-1.