Solomon Islands take bronze

Solomon Islands have won the bronze medal at the OFC U-17 Championship with a hard fought 2-0 victory over Vanuatu. New Zealand take on Tahiti in the grand final at 4pm today to find Oceania's qualifier for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.


Vanuatu - Solomon Islands Match Summary Download PDF

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

The starting line-ups:

Vanuatu: 1. Selonie IARUEL (GK), 2. Raoul COULON, 3. Jais MALSARANI, 4. Channell OBED, 5. Jelene WAIWAI, 8. Barry MANSALE, 9. Santino MERMER, 10. Abraham ROQUARA (c), 11. Jean KALTAK, 14. Michel COULON, 19. Tony KALTAK

Solomon Islands: 1. Jerry MISIMAKE (GK), 4. Rickson UVI, 5. Junior ALBERT, 6. Jimmy RARAMANE, 8. Dickson BUA (c), 9. Gabriel BOSI, 10. Harrison MALA, 15. Solo KUKI, 16. Alex WAIMORA, 18. George LADOGA, 19. Maeron FA'ARODO

The match kicks off

1' Vanuatu have the early ball and press forward

1' Jean Kaltak nearly has a chance immediately but can't control the ball in the box

2' Solomon Islands have a corner but Jimmy Raramane's kick does not fall to a team mate

3' Some heavy rain fell in Auckland yesterday but it has done the pitch plenty of good and the conditions are suited to good football today, although there is a strong wind blowing across the pitch

6' The wind is in Solomon Islands' favour but the opening stages have been even

7' Michel Coulon has a good chance when he volleys a Tony Kaltak cross at goal but his strike goes straight to goalkeeper Jerry Misimake

11' Jean Kaltak hits another volley at goal for Vanuatu but again Misimake can make an comfortable save

13' GOAL!!! Solomons Islands 1, Vanuatu 0: Harrison Mala crosses from the left for Solo Kuki to finish off at the back post

16' Alex Waimora makes room for a shot for Solomon Islands with some good skill in the box but his effort goes wide

19' Jean Kaltak suffers an injury for Vanuatu and play is held up while he receives treatment

20' Kaltak has to leave the field as the physio attends further to his injury

21' Jean's brother Tony Kaltak has a strike for Vanuatu from just inside the area but it again goes to close to Misimake and he saves without much bother

23' Jimmy Raramane bends a free kick in for Solomon Islands but the Vanuatu defence clears

25' Jean Kaltak thinks he is in on goal for Vanuatu but is ruled offside

26' GOAL!!! Solomon Islands 2, Vanuatu 0: The Solomons are now making good use of the wind and go further in front when an Alex Waimora pass finds Harrison Mala in a good position in the box and he makes no mistake with his finish

30' Vanuatu have a steep hill to climb but will have the wind in their favour in the second half so this game is far from over

32' Jimmy Raramane finds Harrison Mala with a well placed through ball but Vanuatu defend well to hal Mala in the box

34' Santino Mermer and Jean Kaltak exchange passes for Vanuatu during some sharp interplay but the move fails to end in the opportunity it deserved

38' Solomon Islands have a great chance to score a third when a brilliant through ball from Alex Waimora puts Harrison Mala one-on-one with Selonie Iaruel but the Vanuatu goalkeeper makes a good save

42' Mala has another chance but it is a much more difficult one this time as the ball breaks to him on the edge of the box and he snaps a shot wide

44' Vanautu are seeing plenty of the ball in the closing stages of the half but have not created any chances since those earlier efforts

45' One minute of injury time will be played

The first comes to an end

The second half kicks off

46' Play is held up while Vanuatu goalkeeper Iaruel receives treatment for an injury

48' Iaruel is back on his feet and appears fit enough to continue

49' Vanuatu now have the strong wind behind their backs and will have to take advantage of it if they are to get back into this game

50' Waimora is picked out in the Vanuatu box by a Gabriel Bosi pass but is tackled before he can shoot

52' Solomon Islands very nearly go three in front when Mala gets in on goal but Iaruel makes a good save to deny him at close range

55' Solomon Islands push forward but the offside flag is raised

56' SUBSTITUTION: Gabriel Bosi is replaced by Oswin Bwagi for Solomon Islands

60' SUBSTITUTION: Jean Kaltak is replaced by George Mahit for Vanuatu

66' Raoul Coulon whips a dangerous free kick over from the right for Vanuatu but goalkeeper Misimake comes out to acrobatically punch it away

69' SUBSTITUTION: Michel Coulon is replaced by Steve Lolten for Vanuatu

70' SUBSTITUTION: Solo Kuki is replaced by Clarence Bonsley for Solomon Islands

74' Harrison Mala shows great skill and pace to create room for a cross on the right but he can't find a Solomons team mate with his delivery

78' SUBSTITUTION: Tony Kaltak is replaced by Daniel Tenene for Vanuatu

81' Possession has been shared fairly evenly between the sides in this half but Vanuatu have not created many chances and it loos like the bronze medal will be going to Solomon Islands unless Vanuatu can find a goal threat from somewhere

84' Raramane has a good opportunity to add to Solomon Islands' lead with an effort at the back post but the ball bobbles just as he hits it and goes wide

84' SUBSTITUTION: Harrison Mala is replaced by Fredrick Dola for Solomon Islands

88' Vanuatu are running out of time now and despite showing plenty of endeavour are not looking likely to find a way back into the match

90' Most of the play is taking place in the Solomon Islands' half but Vanuatu are struggling to break down their defence

90' Four minutes of injury time will be played

90' + 1' Raoul Coulon shoots wide for Vanuatu when Misimake punches a Steve Lolten corner to him on the edge of the box

The final whistle is blown

Updated On Wednesday, January 19, 2011