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Tonga 2 - 1 Fiji


Tonga have beaten Fiji 2-1 in the opening match on day four of the OFC Women's Nations Cup New Zealand 2010


See below for the play-by-play action.

The starting line-ups were as follows:

Tonga: Siaila LA'AKULU (GK), 2. Sofia FILO, 3. Emelita MOALA, 6. Laite SI'I MANU, 7. Fololeni SIALE, 10. Heilala LOTO'ANIU, 11. Keti FATAI (c), 12. Neomai TUPOU, 16. Vasi FEKE, 17. Buccilea ONGOLEA, 18. Koni VUNGAMOEAHI

Fiji: Mereoni YABAKIDRAU (GK), 4. Kinisimere VANUA (c), 5. Alisi ULUIBATIKI, 6. Jijilia DUGUCANAVANUA, 9. Viniana NAISSALUWAKI, 10. Unaisi VATULILI, 12. Stella NAIVALULEVU, 13. Kurukaba LIGAVOLA, 14. Lajipa RASAKU, 15. Mereani MOCE, 17. Bela RATUBALAVU

The match kicks off

3' The match has began very evenly with most of the play taking place in the middle of the pitch

5' Tonga attack Fiji after the defence fails to clear a corner but Tonga can't create a chance

6' Fiji can now relieve the pressure after the ball goes out for a goal kick

7' Stella Naivalulevu tries gets on the end of a through ball for Fiji but it crowded out by the Tongan defence, who take some time to clear the ball

9' Tonga have a free kick in a promising position just outside the box but Fololeni Siale blazes it over the bar

11' These teams appear very evenly matched and the result is definitely up for grabs

13' GOAL!!! Fiji 1, Tonga 0: Bela Ratubalavu forces home a cross from the right from close range

16' Fiji get into a good position on the right but the attack comes to nothing

18' Fiji are starting to have the better of the game now but have not created another chance since the goal

18' Kurukaba Ligavola puts Naivalulevu in with a nice pass down the left but she scuffs the shot wide

19' Tonga goalkeeper Siaila La'akulu has to dive to palm away a deflection from one of her own players

20' Play is held up while Tonga captain Keti Fatai receives treatment for an injury

22' Naivalulevu thinks she is in on goal but the offside flag is raised

24' SUBSTITUTION: The injured Fatai is replaced by Piuingi Feke for Tonga

25' Unaisi Vatulili has a wild swing at goal for Fiji but the ball sails well over the bar

27' Most of the action is being fought out at the Tongan end with Tonga relying on breakaways to get forward

28' Ratubalavu tries to get her second for Fiji from the edge of the box and hits it well but it flies over the bar

30' The injured Fatai is on crutches on the sideline, hopefully she will be able to recover in time for Tonga's next game

31' Fiji are enjoying most of the ball and Tonga must find another gear if they are to equalise before half-time

33' Tonga have a free kick in a great position on the edge of the box but Feke, who has taken over the captaincy from Fatai, fires it straight at the wall

33' YELLOW CARD: Jijilia Dugucanavanua is cautioned for Fiji

36' Tonga are enjoying a spell of more possession but are still struggling to create any chances

37' YELLOW CARD: Lajipa Rasaku is cautioned for Fiji

40' Fololeni Siale swings a free kick from the right towards the far post for Tonga but no one can get on the end of it

43' SUBSTITUTION: Asena Reba Ratu replaces Dugucanavanua for Fiji

44' Naivalulevu nearly makes it two for Fiji just before the break but La'akulu saves and the offside flag is raised anyway

45' Two minutes of injury time will be played

45' + 1' Laite Si'i Manu breaks down the right and crosses for Tonga but Feke can't finish it off

The referee brings the first half to an end

The second half kicks off

48' Fiji have begun the second half brightly and most of the action is taking place in the Tonga half

49' YELLOW CARD: Buccilea Ongolea is cautioned for Tonga

51' Asena Reba Ratu goes on a jinking run in the Tonga box but her shot is blocked before it can reach the target

54' Feke goes on a powerful run down the right for Tonga but Yabakidrau comes out of her goal and smothers the ball at her feet

54' SUBSITUTION: Ongolea is replaced by Olive Mateialona for Tonga

58' Reba Ratu shoots wide from the edge of the box for Fiji

60' Loto'aniu breaks down the left for Tonga and shoots but Yabakidrau gathers easily

62' Yabakidrau has to charge out of her area to sweep up a Tonga through ball

63' Yabakidrau is injured in the challenge and play is held up while she receives treatment

64' Feke gets to a bouncing Tonga cross but the Fiji defence do well to scramble it clear

66' Si'i Manu heads a Tonga corner over the bar

68' Reba Ratu makes room for a shot with a great touch but strikes the ball straight at La'akulu in the Tonga goal

70' Tonga are trying hard to find the equaliser but good chances have been hard to come by for either side in this second half

72' Tonga have a corner but Feke, who has been involved in a lot of Tonga's best play since coming on, curls it straight behing the goal for a goal kick

75' Naivalulevu is caught offside for Fiji

75' GOAL!!! Tonga 1, Fiji 1: Siale gets her head to another Feke corner to equalise for Tonga

77' We should be in for an exciting final quarter of an hour as both sides try to press for the winner

79' Tonga appear to have been given a second wind by the goal and are enjoying a good spell of possession

80' Fiji have rode that little storm and are now putting the Tongan defence under pressure

81' It's end-to-end stuff as Tonga break again through Feke

82' YELLOW CARD: Sofia Filo is cautioned for Tonga

85' Fiji have spent the last few minutes in the Tonga half and look the most likely side to find a winner

88' Time is running out for either team to win this match but the stage is set for someone to become a hero

90' GOAL!!! Tonga 2, Fiji 1: Feke puts Tonga in front with a low shot from just inside the box

90' SUBSTITUTION: Both sides make a change as Lita Misinale replaces Neomai Tupou for Tonga and Yasreen Begum comes on for Mereani Moce for Fiji

90' Three minutes of injury time will be played

The final whistle sounds
















Updated On Saturday, October 02, 2010
  
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