Action between Ifira and Shepherds United. Photo: Charles Hakwa

Ifira Black Bird took on Shepherds United on Saturday at Korman Stadium and the match turned out to be a thriller which had supporters from both teams jumping up and down as either team turned defense into attack.

However the boys in green and yellow got the better side of things as goals from Jordy Tasip,Maso Masing and John Welwel gave Ifira Black Bird their 3-0 victory.

Black Bird Coach Philimon John said, he was so glad to win after 2-2 draw with Tupuji Imere last Wednesday, however he also congratulated Shepherds United for giving his boys a good challenge.

Coach John says, his boys really struggled during the first half, however he is glad that after the break they managed to break the dead lock and score three goals. He also says that his players did everything according to plan as they were happy to get a point from the draw against Tupuji Imere, however they wanted to step up from that and that is exactly what they did on Saturday when they won and got the three points to help them climb higher on the table to catch up with other teams.

Coach John acknowleges their supporters and he thanks the AS Tewalu team who play in Division 2 for coming and showing support after their match at Kawenu Field. He encourages all to continue to support them and keep their moral high.

In the earlier match Mauriki defeated Erakor Golden Star by 4-1. Maruiki Coach Pastor Frank King said after 5-0 loss to Ifira Black Bird, they learnt a lot of lessons and really trained hard to fix those mistakes. He says he saw a big improvment with his boys and could tell that all they practised during the week paid off with through the victory.

Kalsale Kaltanak hit the net twice while, David Avok and Joshua Coulon scored a goal each to claim the victory for Mauriki which puts them into second position on the ladder, according to Coach King.Coach King also thanks Erakor Golden Star for giving his boys a good game.


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