Labasa in first loss

Labasa’s Sandhika Shayal clears possession against Solomon Islands club Koloale FC attackers in Papua New Guinea yesterday. Labasa lost 0-1. Picture: OFC

The Digicel Labasa football side suffered its first defeat at the OFC Women’s Champions League in Papua New Guinea going down to Solomon Island’s Koloale FC 1-nil yesterday.

Labasa was a shadow of a side compared to the performance in which they beat Samoa’s Kiwi FC 6-nil earlier this week. Women’s football in the Solomon Islands was stagnant for nearly a decade.

Last year, former Solomon Islands national rep Batram Suri revived women’s football on the island and clubs are already reaping fruits.

The Koloale side scored its winning goal in the dying minutes of the match as the Labasa defense lost concentration.

The draw has put Labasa in a position where they need to avoid a loss or win their last match to progress to the semi-finals.

The Aurther Simmons coached side will face AS Academy Féminine from New Caledonia on Monday.

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