KOSSA clinched a 4-1 victory against Naha FC in their final game of the Honiara DJ League on Tuesday at Lawson Tama.The victory kept them in contention for the for a place in the proposed 'Super 8 Challenge' set to kick off after the DJ league ends.
KOSSA started well with Captain Gideon Omokirio nodding in a James Naka free kick midway in the first half.
Naha employed a zero-tolerence attitude in the match shutting down all the loopholes keeping KOSSA's danger trio Reginald Davani, James Naka and Joe Luwi at bay. It took KOSSA a while to discover their form and found the openings which they used to punish Naha.
With a goal in hand they came back a more composed side in the second half with Paul Wale, Naka and Luwi combining sweetly to punish Naha. Naha's replacement goal keeper - former national youth goalkeeper Tibon Oge watched in disbelief when Wale chipped in from point blank after receiving a good through ball to make it two.
The match never looked beyond Naha's reach as they fought tooth and nail only to be denied by the woodwork. As the match wore on fatigue crept in as players of both teams struggled to maintain their rhythm.
KOSSA's PNG import Reginald Davani also had a hand in their win, thumping in from close range after receiving a timely pass from Naka before he was replaced. Luwi wrapped up the scoring for KOSSA when he hit a screamer to put the match beyond Naha's reach.
But Naha grabbed a late consolation goal at injury time through its hardworking striker Lawrence Fonaota.