RSIPF Royals are the undefeated champions of the 2020 Solrais Women’s Premier League after edging rivals Koloale FC 3-1 in the grand final of the inaugural season.
Goals from Solomon Islands international Laydah Samani and Francina Mautai put Royals ahead and although Agnes Pegi pulled back a lone goal for Koloale late in the second half, it was Royals show from start to finish.
“This was the best game we’ve played all season,” said Royals coach Stanley Waita.
“The team worked really hard throughout the league and we’ve shown why we’re the best team in the league and proven the success of our training and the commitment of our players.”
Waita acknowledged the strength of Koloale, who won the pre-season tournament, one of the league’s most consistent performers.
“Our finalist opponents are a top team in the country in football with a number of women’s national team players, so we knew they are an experienced side and what we would be up against. But it’s how we train and prepare and I want to thank the players for taking up this tough challenge.”
The team has been fortunate to enjoy quality training facilities, which Waita believes has helped keep the team on track and motivated.
“We have very good training facilities boosting the morale and helping us achieve these results.”
Royals success can also be attributed to the tight-knit environment the team has fostered.
“The girls have shown great team spirit throughout the season,” said assistant coach Mark Crawford.
“They are a close-knit team and it shows on the field. They play for each other and everybody has contributed throughout the season.”