Papua New Guinea 1 - 0 Cook Islands

Papua New Guinea have beaten Cook Islands 1-0 in the second semi-final of the OFC Women's Nations Cup at North Harbour Stadium.


New Zealand beat Solomon Islands 8-0 in the other semi-final earlier today.

The starting line-ups:

Papua New Guinea: 1. Linda BUNAGA (GK), 2. Esther KURABI, 3. Miriam LANTA, 4. Kathrina SALAIAU, 7. Edna THOMAS, 8. Honekaii LINAH, 10. Sandra BIRUM, 11. Zeen LIMBAI, 13. Samantha PENINSA, 15. Deslyne SINIU (c), 16. Lydia BANABAS

Cook Islands: 1. Marjorie TORU (GK), 2. Jennifer AKAVI, 4. Tekura TUTAI, 6. Marissa IROA, 7. Teariivahine-Iteuaterai HENRY (c), 8. Elizabeth HARMON, 9. Dayna NAPA, 10. Regina MUSTONEN, 11. Danielle TREGO, 13. Leiana TEMATA, 16. Upokotea MANULEA

The match kicks off

2' Linda Bunaga has to race off her line to clear a Teariivahine-Iteuaterai Henry through ball for Cook Islands

4' Zeen Limbai has a great chance to open the scoring for Papua New Guinea when she goes one-on-one with Cooks goalkeeper Marjorie Toru but her shot rolls wide

7' We should be in for a good game here as these sides are evenly matched and will be pulling out all the stops to make the final

9' Dayna Napa breaks down the right for Cooks but some scrambling defending sees her lose the ball

10' The dangerous Limbai has a run down the left but shoots straight at Toru

12' Papua New Guinea's Sandra Birum shows good determination on the left to cross for Limbai but she scuffs her shot and the ball is cleared

14' Papua New Guinea have a free kick in a promising position near the goal line on the right but Limbai can't keep her cross away from Toru, who gathers easily

17' Napa nearly breaks the line for the Cooks but is called back for offside

20' Papua New Guinea are enjoying a spell of pressure and win a couple of corners but can't create anything from them

24' Napa shows good strength to hold off a challenge on the right and break forward but her pass finds Elizabeth Harmon in an offside position

26' Napa, a real stand-out player for the Cooks at this tournament, again breaks down the right and tries to find strike partner Regina Mustonen but Bunaga gets to the ball first and clears

29' Papua New Guinea enjoy a few minutes of attacking but Jennifer Akavi clears emphatically for Cooks

33' Lydia Banabas latches onto a pass down the right for Papua New Guinea and has a one-on-one with Toru but can't beat the goalkeeper

36' Harmon tries to get on the end of a bouncing through ball for the Cooks but Bunaga gets there much earlier

38' Danielle Trego leads a Cooks breakaway but her pass fails to find a team mate

39' Harmon runs onto a good through ball but Papua New Guinea keeper Bunaga again reads the play well and reaches it first

40' Mustonen nearly gets right in on goal for Cook Islands but the pass forces her a bit wide and she loses her balance as she hits the ball out for a goal kick

43' Banabas tries to take a Papua New Guinea long ball in her stride but her first touch is to heavy and goes to keeper Toru

44' It's been real end-to-end stuff for much of this entertaining half but few good chances have been created

45' Play is held up while Limbai leaves the field to be treated for an injury

The referee brings the first half to an end

The second half kicks off

46' Papua New Guinea go straight on the attack and try to break the deadlock through Limbai but her shot goes straight to Toru

49' Captain Deslyne Siniu turns sharply and tries to put in Birum for Papua New Guinea but she can't bring the ball under control

50' Banabas crosses for Papua New Guinea after playing a sharp one-two with Limbai but it does not have enough power and bounces before reaching Toru

51' Toru makes a great save at the feet of Limbai and the ball goes out for a corner

52' Edna Thomas hits a volley over the bar from the corner

54' Limbai juggles the ball acrobatically on the edge of the box and loops an intended shot goalwards but it bounces straight into the arms of Toru

56' SUBSTITUTION: Dorcas Sesevo replaces Sandra Birum for Papua New Guinea

59' Banabas is caught offside for Papua New Guinea

60' Limbai has the best chance of the match in a one-on-one situation but Toru gets a fingertip to her lob and it goes out for a corner

61' The corner results in a long-range effort from Kathrina Salaiau which doesn't trouble Toru at all and rolls out for a goal kick

62' SUBSTITUTION: Harmon is replaced by Tepaeru Toka for Cook Islands

62' GOAL!!! Papua New Guinea 1, Cook Islands 0: Limbai bends a corner over Toru and straight into the net to open the scoring

65' Cook Islands now have to start fashioning some more chances or they will be going out of the tournament

67' Papua New Guinea have dominated proceedings since the goal

68' SUBSTITUTION: Aketuke Unuka replaces Leiana Temata for Cook Islands

70' YELLOW CARD: Samantha Peninsa is cautioned for Papua New Guinea

71' Unuka almost makes an immediate impact for the Cooks when she charges down the left after being released by Mustonen but her cross goes behind for a goal kick

73' Toru spills at the feet of Siniu but the Papua New Guinea captain can't get hold of the ball and it is cleared away

75' Mustonen whips a near post corner onto the head of Trego but her flick goes over the bar

78' Tepaeru Toka puts Napa in on goal on the right hand side of the box but she miscontrols her first touch and the ball goes to keeper Bunaga

80' Cook Islands are tying hard to get back in the game but have not had a shot on target for some time

81' Papua New Guinea have an appeal for a penalty after Tekura Tutai's challenge on Limbai but play is waved on

83' RED CARD: Papua New Guinea goalkeeper Linda Bunaga is sent off for coming out and fouling Napa to deny a goalscoring opportunity

85' SUBSTITUTION: Papua New Guinea bring on reserve keeper Fidelma Watpore for Lydia Banabas

87' Cook Islands are putting Papua New Guinea under all sorts of pressure as the search for an equaliser

87' SUBSTITUTION: Jennifer Akavi is replaced by Tekura Kaukura for Cook Islands

89' Cook Islands must find a goal from somewhere to stay in the tournament but they are fighting the clock now

90' The Cooks have been given a boost in their quest for an equaliser with the news that five minutes of injury time will be played

90' + 4' The ball is at the Cook Islands end of the field though and they are desperately trying to get it forward

90' + 5' Toru comes out to gather the ball at the feet of Limbai

90 + 5' The Cooks are on the attack through Napa but can't work an opening

90 + 6' Cook Islands have a free kick on the left in what will surely be their last chance

90 + 6' Mustonen blazes the kick over the bar

The final whistle sounds

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Updated On Wednesday, October 06, 2010