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Papua New Guinea 2 - 1 Fiji

Papua New Guinea have beaten Fiji 2-1 on day three of the OFC U-17 Championship at North Harbour Stadium. The other Group A game today sees defending champions New Zealand in action for the first time against Vanuatu at 4pm.


Papua New Guinea - Fiji Match Summary Download PDF

The starting line-ups were as follows:

Papua New Guinea: 1. Charles LEPANI, 2. Ayrton YAGAS, 4. Philip STEVEN, 6. Jason FAROCK, 8. Samson POESI, 10. David BROWNE, 11. Abel REDENUT, 12. Rodney MOBIHA, 13. Rhodly MAGO, 14. Alwin KOMOLONG (c), 17. Jacob SABUA

Fiji: 1. Senirusi BOKINI (GK), 2. Seteraki HUGHES, 3. Filipe BARAVILALA, 4. Akram HUSSAIN, 5. Josaia MASIWINI (c), 6. Jale DRELOA, 7. Narendra RAO, 8. Sohail BASHA, 9. Joseph TURAGABECI, 10. Soheb SHEIK, 11. Al-taaf SAHIB

The match kicks off

1' Papua New Guinea have the kick off and immediately go on the attack down the right

2' Fiji's Akram Hussain embarks on a run along the left wing but his low cross is comfortably gathered by goalkeeper Charles Lepani

5' Papua New Guinea very nearly go ahead when David Browne hits a free kick from the edge of the box through the wall. It deflects its way to Samson Poesi, whose close range effort is well saved by goalkeeper Senirusi Bokini

8' Bokini is injured in a heavy challenge and the play is held up while he receives treatment

9' Bokini is now back on his feet and appears to be suffering no side effects

11' Jason Farock swings a cross over for Papua New Guinea from the left flank but the ball sails behind for a goal kick

13' Aryton Yagas chips a dangerous free kick into the box for Papua New Guinea but Fiji goalkeeper Bokini comes out to gather it acrobatically

15' Yagas again knocks a promising free kick in but Fiji deal with the danger

16' Rodney Mobiha receives the ball in the box with his back to goal for Papua New Guinea and turns but his cross-come-shot loops well wide of the goal

21' GOAL!!! Fiji 1, Papua New Guinea 0: Al-taaf Sahib hits a spectacular long range free kick over Lepani for one of the goals of the tournament so far

23' The play is held up while Fiji captain Josaia Masiwini receives treatment for an injury

25' Fiji are having the better of the game and Papua New Guinea will need to get more of the ball to start creating some chances

28' Soheb Sheik shows great pace to sprint down the right flank and beats a defender before slicing his shot from an acute angle behind the goal

30' David Browne gets on the end of Papua New Guinea break and shows some nice touches but loses his footing just as he tries to fire off a shot

33' Akram Hussain takes off in pursuit of a through ball but is beaten to it by the advancing Lepani

35' GOAL!!! Papua New Guinea 1, Fiji 1: Papua New Guinea captain Alwin Komolong puts his side on level terms when he mets a deep cross and squeezes the ball under Bokini

38' RED CARDS: Papua New Guinea goalkeeper Charles Lepani and Fiji captain Josaia Masiwini are both sent off after a skirmish

38' YELLOW CARDS: Jacob Sabua from Papua New Guinea and Soheb Sheik are also cautioned

40' SUBSTITUTION: David Browne is replaced by reserve goalkeeper Benjamin Wilbert for Papua New Guinea

44' SUBSTITUTION: Soheb Sheik is replaced by Losefo Verevou for Fiji

45' Three minutes of injury time will be played

The first half comes to an end

The second half kicks off

46' There should be a bit more space now that each team is a man down so we could be in for an open half

48' The second spell has begun in even fashion and the result could go either way

50' YELLOW CARD: Ayrton Yagas is cautioned for Papua New Guinea

51' Sahib launches a similar strike to the one that earned him the goal from the free kick but it goes over the bar this time

52' GOAL!!! Papua New Guinea 2, Fiji 1: Jacob Sabua finishes off a good move by smashing the ball home from the edge of the area

54' SUBSTITUTION: Joseph Turagabeci is replaced by Vineel Naidu for Fiji

56' Play is held up while Papua New Guinea captain Komolong recovers from a bit of cramp in his calves

59' Jason Farock whips a dangerous free kick in from the right for Papua New Guinea but goalkeeper Bokini gathers it without much trouble

60' Fiji's Akram Hussain shows good skill to create a crossing opportunity for goalscorer Sahib but his attempted centre sails too far for a team mate to reach

63' YELLOW CARD: Samson Poesi is cautioned for Papua New Guinea

65' Fiji are enjoying a stint of pressure as they look to find an equaliser

66' The play is held up while Fiji's Sahib receives treatment for an injury

68' SUBSITUTION: Sohail Basha is replaced by Shane Kumar for Fiji

70' The play is held up while Papua New Guinea goalscorer Sabua receives treatment for an injury

71' SUBSTITUTION: Sabua is stretchered off and is replaced by Darren Steven for Papua New Guinea

73' Komolong gets his head to a cross for Papua New Guinea but can't get a good enough connection to find the target

74' Komolong suffers more cramp when going for the header and has to leave the field to receive treatment

74' SUBSTITUTION: Komolong is not fit enough to continue and is replaced by Numah Kila for Papua New Guinea

77' Fiji substitute Kumar gets on the end of a cross-field ball but is challenged by a defender and hits his shot wide

79' Papua New Guinea have a great chance to wrap the game up when Rodney Mobiha receives the ball on the left hand side of the box and cuts in but his shot is saved by Bokini

81' Fiji almost get on the scoresheet again just moments later when a goalmouth scramble results in a shot for Akram Hussain but the strike doesn't make its way through a crowd of players

83' Papua New Guinea have another opportunity to make sure of the points but Farock's attempted chip from an acute angle on the left is palmed away by goalkeeper Bokini

86' The play is held up while Hussain receives treatment for an injury for Fiji

87' Fiji are now running out of time and must find an equaliser soon to avoid defeat

88' Fiji's Sahib is set up for a shot by Hussain but his strike is deflected wide for a corner

90' Three minutes of injury time will be played

90' + 1' The last few minutes have been frantic as the play swings from end to end

The final whistle is blown

Updated On Monday, January 10, 2011