Both teams could not find each others net in the first half and had to fight it out in the second half before they were able to score goals. Souths coach, Hekary Maino blamed their loss on the break down in proper coordination in the midfield area that saw their opponents run through our defence to score goals.
“We will brush up on our weaknesses during training to prepare for the second round of the game after new year,” Mainao said.
Besta’s coach Max Foster said, “there is more to improve in the midfield area to keep the ball evenly distributed between the flankers and strikers,”he said.
Besta who played on home soil had supporters chanting and cheering them onwards from the first whistle. They displayed class and skills with enterprising striker, Jamaal Seeto, Roland Conn, Roland Bala and Emmmanuel Simon leading their assault upfront in the opening minutes of the game.
Petro Souths who resort to a physical game stood their ground and kept repelling Besta’s attack with Pedro Ajakopa and Joey Ambrose, Michael Tawalo and Andrew Joe puttting up a strong barricade around their goal mouth and denied Besta striker, Jamaal Seeto any chance of registering any points on the board when dribbling into their territory.
Besta reorganised its attacking format upfront after settling into the game with Seeto, Conn and Bata coordinating well up from and kept bombarding Souths territory until striker Vincent Ralio headed home their opening goal from a well placed corner kick to take an early 1-0 lead .
Souths retaliated strongly and began pounding at Besta’s defensive line and looking for opening until they split open Besta’s cover defence with a good ball control which caught Beats defence reeling and striker Petero Tawelo scored the equalizer to level the score before Besta’s hard working striker Bata was at the right place at the right time and hedaded homen their winning goal from a corner kick to beat Souths 2 -1.
In the other match between Gigira Laitepo and Eastern Stars, both teams settled a nil all draw after Gigira went hard on Eastern Stars, dominating much of the game but Eastern Stars stood firm and drew at full time.
The Telikom National Soccer League will go into recess from December 16th with the last match to be played this weekend and the competition resumes after New Year.