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Tahiti 3 - 1 New Caledonia

Tahiti have qualified for the final of the OFC U-17 Championship by beating New Caledonia 3-1 at North Harbour Stadium. In the earlier Group B game today, Cook Islands beat Tonga 6-2.


Tahiti - New Caledonia Match Summary Download PDF

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

The starting line-ups:

Tahiti: 16. Heremataarii HATITIO (GK), 2. Rainui AROITA (c), 3. Tehotu DOOM, 5. Mihimana LEMAIRE, 6. Gianna MANCA, 7. Orlando TEIVA, 10. Tevairoa TEHURITAUA, 11. Tauhiti KECK, 14. Manuarii HAUATA, 15. Tihoni YOHANN, 19. Tapotofarerani RAMSSI

New Caledonia: 20. Jordan USIKE (GK), 2. Daninoin SHIGETOMI, 3. Stephane TEIN-PADOM (c), 6. Geordy GONY, 7. Loic ARIZMENDI, 10. Renaldo NONMEU (c), 11. Marvin DRAWILO, 12. Erwan DJAMALI, 14. Thomas BUSCAGLIA, 15. Thomas DIO, 18. Julien RAVELLI

The match kicks off

1' Tahiti immediately press forward and Orlando Teiva has his team's first shot but the ball goes well wide of Jordan Usike's goal

4' Tevairoa Tehuritaua thinks he is in on goal for Tahiti but the offside flag is raised

6' Tihoni Yohann tries to find Tehuritaua with a through ball but overhits his pass and it bounces into the arms of Usike

8' Thomas Buscaglia goes on a strong run in the left of the box for Tahiti but his progressed is blocked by several Tahiti defenders

9' GOAL!!! Tahiti 1, New Caledonia 0: Tahiti skipper Rainui Aroita leads by example when he hits a free kick from fully 40 yards and it slips through the grasp of Jordan Usike and into the net

10' GOAL!!! New Caledonia 1, Tahiti 1: Not to be outdone, New Caledonia captain Stephane Tein-Padom makes his way past a couple of tackles in the box and squeezes the ball past goalkeeper Heremataarii Hatitio at the near post

14' These sides appear evenly matched and it looks like we could be in for an exciting afternoon

17' Tahiti are enjoying a spell of pressure on the left hand side of New Caledonia's half

19' Tahiti have a great chance to take the lead when Tehuritaua runs onto a defence-splitting pass from Yohann but stabs his effort wide under pressure from Usike

19' GOAL!!! Tahiti 2, New Caledonia 1: Tahiti are not denied this time as Gianna Manca gets on the end of move to finish neatly past Usike

22' New Caledonia have not been able to respond to the goal as they did last time and have spent most of the last few minutes in their own half

25' Yohann brushes his way past several challenges before shooting but can't get enough power in his strike and Usike gathers easily

29' Tauhiti Keck tries his luck with a free kick from well out on the right but his left-foot in-swinger sails over the bar

31' Tahiti's Tehotu Doom finds Tehuritaua in the box with a long cross-field pass and the striker controls it well but places his shot just wide

34' New Caledonia's Julien Ravelli is injured in a strong challenge and play is held up while he receives treatment

35' YELLOW CARD: Gianni Manca is cautioned for the challenge on Ravelli, who is back on his feet and does not appear to be suffering any side effects

37' It is now the turn of Tahiti's Tapotofarerani Ramssi to go down injured but he is ready for action again after some quick treatment by the physio

41' Tahiti nearly have their third when Tehuritaua shows a great turn of pace to beat his marker on the left of the box and square for Yohann to tap home at the far post but the goal is ruled out for offside

44' Tahiti have had the better of this half and New Caledonia will be disappointed to have created so few chances

45' One minute of injury time will be played

The first half comes to an end

The second half kicks off

46' SUBSTITUTION: Gianni Manca is replaced by Ahonui Tahi for Tahiti at half time

49' Rainui Aroita and goalkeeper Hatitio combine well to deal with a New Caledonia long ball

50' GOAL!!! Tahiti 3, New Caledonia 1: The dangerous Tehuritaua twists and turns on the by-line and dinks a cross over that Usike can only flap at. The ball falls to Yohann and he accepts the invitation with a straightforward finish

56' Tehuritaua almost gets on the end of a Aroita free kick but the ball bounces into the arms of a grateful Usike

60' SUBSTITUTION: Erwan Djamali is replaced by Ricardo Passil for New Caledonia

66' New Caledonia captain Tein-Padom curls a free kick from the right over the wall but it goes straight to Hatitio

69' New Caledonia will have to work hard to get back into the game as Tahiti are controlling much of the play

75' Keck tries to get on the end of a long ball for Tahiti but Thomas Dio gets there first and nods it back to Usike in goal

77' A corner from Tahiti's Orlando Teiva falls to Manuarii Hauata on the edge of the box but he blazes his shot wide of the target

80' Tahiti substitute Tahi gets into a promising position on the right hand side of the box but is crowded out by the New Caledonia defence

84' New Caledonia are now running out of time and must create some chances quickly to get back in the game

86' New Caledonia have spent the last few minutes in Tahiti's half but are finding clear-cut opportunities hard to come by

88' SUBSTITUTION: Ahonui Tahi is replaced by Heremana Teikiteepupuni for Tahiti

90' One minute of injury time will be played

90' + 1' Renaldo Nonmeu shoots at goal for New Caledonia but Hatitio makes a great save

The final whistle is blown






Updated On Saturday, January 15, 2011