Solomon Warriors 6-2 Real Kakamora: champions start 2021 off in style with attacking masterclass
Solomon Warriors put on an attacking clinic as they comfortably brushed aside a Real Kakamora side that never threatened to cause an upset.
As anticipated going into the match, Solomon Warriors dominated the opening period, controlling possession and looking confident. And it only took 10 minutes for their dominance to tell when they broke the deadlock. Left winger Gagame Feni getting the better of his man before his pull back was crashed against the bar by Dennis Ifunaoa but the onrushing Molea Tigi was on hand to control and finish from eight yards.
The Warriors were now in their groove and attacking with fluidity. The movement of Ifunaoa was causing all kinds of problems for the Real Kakamora back line as he kept drifting into space around the pitch to pick up possession. John Alick's header was cleared off the line from a corner, but it was Ifunaoa who once again made the difference for the Warriors second goal on 26 minutes. He picked up the ball in between the lines before slipping in Alvin Hou who slotted home at the near post.
The Warriors were running riot and had a goal disallowed for offside before scoring their third from another set piece. A near post cross from a corner was flicked on by Alick to the back post where captain Haddis Aengari was steaming in to nod it home.
Real Kakamora were seemingly out of the tie already before waking up and attacking with any real conviction and they drew a couple smart save from the keeper before pulling back a lovely goal on the stroke of half time. Pual Hiri slipped a pass through to centre forward Alfred Sade just outside the area. He showed excellent skill by nutmegging his marker coolly before rifling a shot into the bottom corner.
With multiple substitutions being made by Solomon Warriors early in the second half, the flow of the game stuttered and neither side was able to get a hold of the ball for any spell early in the second half. It was not until the 70th minute when either side created any clear cut chance Once again though, Feni showed his turn of pace by beating his man before cutting back to Tigi who slotted home his second of the match.
With the game opening up both sides were creating chances and the Warriors in particular missing a couple glorious chances to score their fifth goal; the closest coming from Feni who hit the bar with an audacious lob from the wing. However, it was Kakamora who took their chance as Richmond Ha'atarau slotted past the keeper when played through on goal following a lovely give and go with Hiri.
The scoring was not finished however, as substitute Molis Junior Gagame scored a fifth for the champions from another pull back after Jerry donga skilfully beat his man on the wing. And Donga turned from provider to scorer to finish the rout with a tap in from a lovely drilled cross from Feni.
Despite not scoring himself, Gagame Feni had an outstanding game on the left wing and tormented the Kakamora full back for the entire 90 minutes. His pace and trickery were constantly creating the space for some excellent deliveries, in which he assisted two, created another, and nearly scored a wonder goal himself.
The Victory takes Warriors just six points behind league leaders Henderson Eels before their match tomorrow and it will boost the champions' confidence going into a title decider next week with the Eels. For Real Kakamora, they will not be too disappointed from a result that was expected before kick off, and will look to quickly move on to their next match against bottom side Malaita Kingz.
A big thank you to Simon Abana who works for both the TSL Media company as well as the Solomon Islands Football Federation who gave me lots of information and insight into the league and nation. He also gave me permission to share TSL Media on the blog and was generally incredibly generous. Contact him on the TSL Media Facebook page.