Halfway in the 2017 Rarotonga football season, fifth-placed Titikaveka are well within striking distance for a top four finish in the premier men’s division. That should be enough to boost their confidence in today’s clash.
However, Titikaveka must not look too far ahead just yet as Puaikura have proven a hard team to beat this season.
The visitors also have three wins and a draw from five games so far this season.
Last Saturday’s 3-4 loss to Nikao Sokattack was tough to swallow for Titikaveka and they have been trying to fix their defence, paying particular attention to their formations.
A win for the home team will close the gap at the top of the table and keep them in reach for a top four finish.
The team has the goods to succeed, but everything depends on how well the players combine to give them the winning edge.
Puaikura will be out to make a statement and restore some pride following last week’s defeat at the hands of Tupapa Maraerenga.
The defending champions are expected to come all out for a win in order to maintain their pursuit for the top place finish.
Titikaveka will head into the game knowing that they will need a strong performance to have a chance against Puaikura.
This match will provide nothing less than a fierce contest and a terrific entertainment.
In the other clash today, Tupapa Maraerenga will host Avatiu at Victoria Park. - CIFA
Titikaveka FC-Puaikura FC at Teimurimotia Park – 12.30pm Under 14 Girls (Ref: Robert Savage, Assist: Dora Iripa, Geneva Miles), 1.30pm Under 14 Boys (Ref: Kura Smith, Assist: John Pareanga, Edmund Tupuna), 2.30pm Senior Women (Ref: Robert Savage, Assist: Pierce Iripa, Emilie Pierce), 4pm Premier Men (Ref: John Pareanga, Assist: Edmund Tupuna, Dora Iripa); Tupapa Maraerenga FC-Avatiu FC, 12.30pm Under 14 Girls (Ref: Maara Kaukura, Assist: Angelina Mitchell, Moeroa Harmon), 1.30pm Under 14 Boys (Ref: Maara Kaukura, Assist: Graham Viking, Lai Gukisuva), 2.30pm Senior Women (Ref: Lai Gukisuva, Assist: Mata Iroa, Noel Mani), 4pm Premier Men (Ref: Maara Kaukura, Assist: Noel Mani, Mata Iroa)