Western Cup kicks off: A 1-1 draw for Dolphins and Waves

Western Cup kicks off: A 1-1 draw for Dolphins and Waves


By Alfred Pagepitu

The defending champions of the 2022 Inter Island Championship, Southeast Vella Dolphins and North Rannoga Waves drew 1-1 today in their first group match of the Western Cup 2024 currently underway in Gizo, Western Province.

The match started at 1pm at the JFK Stadium.

In an attempt to take an early lead, the Dolphins tried to open the scoring less than a minute from the kick-off with a shot but saved by Waves goalkeeper.

In the 30th minute, the Waves forward gave his team the first goal with a shot that left Dolphins goalkeeper no chance to save.

However, the Dolphins reacted quickly by tying the score in the dying minutes with a combination from captain Benjamine Kumio, who assisted Selwyn Willi, to end the second half 1-1.

After numerous attempts from both teams, the game ended in a draw.

The Dolphins will play their second group stage match against either North New Georgia or Central Ranonga on Thursday.

North New Georgia, Central Rannoga, Southeast Vella Dolphins, and North Rannoga Waves are placed in Pool A.

In an interview, Southeast Vella Dolphins head coach Sam Lelapitu said it was quite tough for both teams, especially for the Dolphins, due to their late preparation.

Lelapitu said his team will work on their finishing and defensive weaknesses as he is confident in his players’ abilities.

He thanked his team for their efforts and the opposing team for their strong performance.

Around 15 teams are participating in this year’s Western Cup tournament.


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