After two years the Solomon Cup once again grace the Lawson Tama stadium.
The opening day of competition on Saturday saw Western Tomoko held to a draw by a late comeback from a determined Guadalcanal Hornets. Western Tomoko and Guadalcanal Hornets shared the spoil after the Hornets side came back from behind after being down by 4-2 at half time. The determined Hornets manged to level the score at 4-4 before full time.
Malaita Eagles battered Choiseul Kukuvojo to conclude Group A matches. The defending champions Malaita Eagles registered their first three points with a big win against the Lauru Kukuvojo side with a margin of 5-1.
Head coach for Malaita Eagles said that he’s very happy and impressed by his boys performance in their opening match, he also stated that despite not picking up their game format in the first half his boys were able to regroup and win their opening match.
Sundays match saw Makira Ulawa Kakamora and Isabel Frigates come out as winners in Group B.
Solomon Games gold medalists Makira Ulawa Kakamora started the first match on Sunday on the front foot despite finding it difficult to open up a determined Renbel Ibis side in the first 10 minutes.
Persistent pressing from Kakamora saw George Hanua break the deadlock with a smart finish in the 16th minute and Steward Hagatepu added a second shortly after to lead 2-0 at the break.
Hanua and Hagatepu scored a second goal in the second half before veteran forward Nicholas Muri came off the bench to notch in a goal to wrap a huge win for the Kakamoras.
Hosts Honiara Warriors and Isabel Frigates contested a goalless first half in front of a huge crowd despite the down pour later in the afternoon.
Second half substitute Franster Rukumana put the Warriors in front in the 82nd minute with a likely match winner only for Isabel to put on a thrilling comeback performance moments later.
Mostyn Kelly drew level for Isabel with a clinical finish five minutes from time before Obed Havimana turned the game on its head with a near post finish.
Captain Samuel Osifelo put the icing on the cake with a late goal in the added time to seal a memorable win for the Frigates.
The group phase continues today with two big matches as Guadalcanal Hornets take on defending champions Malaita Eagles while Western Tomoko play Temotu Arrows.
Match Time Monday 30th November;
Guadalcanal Hornets vs. Malaita Eagles, 1pm
Western Tomoko vs. Temotu Arrows, 2pm
Source: SIFF Media and Danzo