The National, Friday November 1st, 2013
COSMOS are walking the tight-rope to qualify for the Port Moresby Soccer Association (PMSA) Super League play-offs in the last round of matches this weekend.
Sitting precariously in sixth spot and with the benefit of two matches Cosmos (28) can sneak in if they beat second-placed Yamaros tomorrow and fifth-placed Rapatona on Monday.
A draw and a loss will bring a sigh of relief for Maclaren (33), University (33) and Rapatona (33) to join Yamaros (36) and likely minor premiers Momase (37) for the top five play-offs which begin next weekend.
If they do win both matches, Maclaren, despite not playing this weekend will sneak in on a better points percentage and Rapatona could see them out.
Seventh placed Blue Kumuls (25) are too far out to make a difference and will not be too enthused to push University in tomorrow’s match.
For Cosmos, the writing is on the wall for coaches Joe Turia and John Mogi, who have a wealth of experience before them.
Maybe too much experience may spoil the soup, whichever way, Yamaros will be difficult with strikers Tommy Sammy and Patrick Aisa just coming off a promising tour from the Besta southern regional tournament in Alotau.
With the return of Gari Moka up- front, Sammy Misirait, Desmond Sow and John Robert will look to clamp down on the duo’s scoring feats.
For Cosmos if they can bring back that fast free-flowing football from the first round they may save themselves.
This will however need the likes of Simeon Ealadona, Godfrey Dobbin, Leonard Louma Jr, Abraham Enoch and regularily used off the bench former representative player Michael Lohai to take control of the mid-field.
While Rapatona, who are only just returning to the frey, have a point a prove and with several big names on paper will definitely be coming out of their shells to show cause.