Fans of both teams were treated to an exciting and close battle on Saturday.
In the end, the match played at the Nikao Field ended in a 1-all tie.
Nikao Sokattak scored the opener early into the first half, capitalising on a foul in the box from a Puaikura defender. But the visitors held on and immediately got themselves into action for the equaliser.
Puaikura maintained their momentum in attack throughout the opening spell, forcing the Nikao stopper to make some desperate saves as the home team held onto their slender 1-0 lead at the break.
The second half of the match was fairly even, although Puaikura began to show their control over the hosts towards the end of the period. However, possession remained relatively even.
The defensive effort and intensity in attack was the highlight in the remaining spell.
The frustration was clear in the Nikao Sokattak fans as Puaikura continued to drive them back, forcing several of Nikao players into booking (yellow-carded).
Puaikura’s determination eventually paid off in the final quarter of the second half from a powerful strike coming off an assist which leveled the game 1-all.
The draw with Puaikura could turn out to be a pivotal moment for Nikao Sokattak’s aims for this season.
Coach Tahiri Elikana hopes the team can learn from the frustrations of Saturday’s 1-1 tie and do better in their upcoming matches.
In the other premier men’s match, Takuvaine survived an early scare from Titikaveka, who scored two goals in the first half but were able to make a spectacular comeback victory to win 6-3.
Matavera and Avatiu fought to a nil-all draw.
- CIFA Media
Results; Nikao Sokattak-Puaikura – Premier Men 1-1, Senior Women 1-0, U14 Boys 4-1, U14 Girls 2-0, U11 Mixed 2-2, U8 Mixed 1-0; Matavera-Avatiu – Premier Men 0-0, Senior Women 0-10, U14 Boys 4-0, U14 Girls 2-1, U11 Mixed 0-4, U-8 Mixed 2-2; Takuvaine-Titikaveka – Premier Men 6-3, Senior Women 0-0, U14 Boys 4-8, U11 Mixed 7-1, U8 Mixed 2-2, U17 Men’s Division; Tupapa Maraerenga-Nikao Sokattak 3-4, Avatiu-Matavera 0-7, Titikaveka-Puaikura 10-1