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Cook Islands 3 - 0 Kiribati

Cook Islands have beaten Kiribati 3-0 in their men's Group B match at Stade Boewa in Boulari at the XIV Pacific Games.


See below for all the play-by-play action.

The starting line-ups were as follows:

Cook Islands: 1. Tony JAMIESON (GK) (c), 2. John PAREANGA, 6. Allan BOERE, 7. Joseph NGAUORA, 8. Grover HARMON, 9. Campbell BEST, 11. Taylor SAGHABI, 14. Nicholas FUNNELL, 16. Mii JOSEPH, 17. Tahiri ELIKANA, 18. Geongsa TISAM
Coach: Maurice TILLOTSON

Kiribati: 1. Tarariki TAROTU (GK), 4. Kaben IOTEBA, 5. Enri TENUKAI, 6. Nabaruru BATIRI, 7. Atanuea ERITARA, 8. Antin NANOTAAKE, 10. Jeff JONG (c), 11. Joseph YAN, 13. Erene BWAKINETI, 15. Martin Miriata, 17. Biitamatang KEAKEA
Coach: Pine IOSEFA

Referee: Betrand BILLION (NCL)
Assistant referee 1: Didier HMUZO (NCL)
Assistant referee 2: Ruilly ERMANEL (NCL)
4th official: Isidore ASSIENE-AMBASSA

The match kicks off

2' Joseph Ngauora gets into a good position on the right of the box for Cook Islands but Martin Miriata defends well

3' Cook Islands have their first shot on target when a Ngauaora cross finds its way to Taylor Saghabi at the far edge of the box and he rifles a shot straight at goalkeeper Tarariki Tarotu

6' A Geongsa Tisam free kick takes a deflection off the Kiribati wall and Tarotu is able to make a routine save

10' Saghabi swings a cross over from the left for Cook Islands but has too much height on it to find a team mate

12' Cook Islands are enjoying most of the ball and Kiribati are yet to break out of their half in a meaningful manner

14' Fullback John Pareanga hits a speculative effort from the edge of the box when the ball breaks to him after a Geongsa Tisam free kick but his effort goes well over the bar

16' Goalkeeper Tarotu has to race from his line to beat Nicholas Funnell to a Cook Islands long ball

22' Tatoru punches away a deep cross from Pareanga

24' Atanuea Eritara tries his luck from well out for Kiribati but the ambitious attempt goes over the bar

26' Joseph Yan has Kiribati's best chance of the match when the ball breaks to him in the box but he drags his left-foot strike wide

27' GOAL!!! Cook Islands 1 - Kiribati 0: Cook Islands finally make their possession count when Taylor Saghabi runs onto a through ball and places it past Tarotu

32' YELLOW CARD: Campbell Best is cautioned for Cook Islands

36' Saghabi cuts onto his right foot and crosses from the left but Tarotu comes out to gather before a Cook Islands team mate can reach the ball

38' Cook Islands goalkeeper and captain Tony Jamieson leaves his line to sweep up a loose ball on the edge of his box

39' Kiribati have a chance when captain Jeff Long gets his head to a Antin Nanotaake corner but can't get his effort on target

40' SUBSTITUTION: Atanuea Eritara is replaced by Karotu Bakaane for Kiribati

44' Goalkeeper Jamieson is injured in a challenge and play is held up while the Cook Islands skipper receives treatment

45' Play restarts and Jamieson appears to have recovered

45' Two minutes of injury time will be played

45' + 1' YELLOW CARD: Erene Bwakineti is cautioned for Kiribati

The first half comes to an end

The second half kicks off

48' Kiribati break forward and force a corner

49' Nothing comes of the corner and now Cook Islands are able to build an attack again

50' Nicholas Funnell latches onto a Cook Islands through ball but defender Nabaruru Batiri comes across to defend well

56' Grover Harmon curls a free kick towards the Kiribati goal from the edge of the area but Tarotu makes a straightforward save

58' Allan Boare is injured for CooK Islands and has to leave the field to receive treatment

58' SUBSTITUTION: Erene Bwakineti is replaced by Antino Baraniko for Kiribati

59' Boare comes back on and seems to be suffering no side effects

63' Another Cook Islands player has to leave the field after picking up an injury, this time its centre back Geongsa Tisam

64' SUBSTITUTION: Tisam is unable to continue and is replaced by Roger Manuel for Cook Islands

65' Karotu Bakaane has a difficult chance to score for Kiribati under pressure and can't beat Jamieson

68' Jamieson has to venture to the edge of his area to gather a loose ball

70' Kiribati break through big striker Bakaane but can't fashion an opportunity

71' SUBSTITUTION: Nicholas Funnell is replaced by Paul Turepu for Cook Islands

73' Kiribati have enjoyed more of the ball in this second half but have not been able to create much going forward

73' YELLOW CARD: Joseph Yan is cautioned for Kiribati

74' Bakaane runs onto a lofted ball in the box but Cook Islands defender Allan Boere does well to deny him

74' The ball break quickly to the other end and Campbell Best blazes a volley wide of the Kiribati goal

77' YELLOW CARD: Karotu Bakaane is cautioned for Kiribati

80' Cook Islands waste a glorious chance to score when Joseph Ngauora runs onto a ball down the right and squares for substitute Roger Manuel, who somehow puts his shot over the bar with the goal at his mercy

83' Taylor Saghabi controls a bouncing ball in the box and lobs the ball toward goal but Tarotu gathers easily

84' Campbell Best has a good chance for Cook Islands but Tarotu saves well

86' Antin Nanotaake bends a free kick over the Cook Islands bar

87' Bakaane has a excellent opportunity to get Kiribati on the scoresheet but lifts the ball over the bar under pressure from Jamieson

86' YELLOW CARD: Jamieson is cautioned for Cook Islands after claiming Yan was offside a little too forcefully

89'' GOAL!!! Cook Islands 2 - Kiribati 0: Cook Islands finally score again when Taylor Saghabi smashes a loose ball inside the near post for his second

90' Two minutes of injury time will be played

90' + 2' GOAL!!! Cook Islands 3 - Kiribati 0: Cook Islands have their third through John Pareanga

90' + 2' SUBSTITUTION: Campbell Best is injured leading up to the goal and is replaced by John Quijano for the final seconds

The final whistle is blown

Updated On Thursday, September 01, 2011