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2007 Oceania Men’s Youth (U-20) Championship – Match Day Six Summary

New Zealand ended Match Day Six at the OFC Youth Championship on top of the group after a 7-0 win over Vanuatu. Fulham midfielder Chris James was in good form helping himself to hat-trick as the Kiwis overpowered Vanuatu with their best performance at the tournament so far. Sydney FC striker Jeremy Brockie also turned in his best shift for the New Zealanders as Vanuatu struggled to hold on. Despite the heavy defeat Vanuatu goalkeeper Yannick Merka gave a good account of himself after pulling off a series of good saves and coping with the dangerous set-piece delivery of Chris James. Michael Cunningham, Jeremy Brockie, Cole Peverley and Phil Edginton were also on target.

Solomon Islands World Cup dream ended despite an 8-1 thrashing of bottom-placed Samoa. Tony Otini got the rout underway as Joses Nawo helped himself to a first half hat-trick while Judd Molea and Joachim Rande chimed in with two goals each. Solomon Islands defender Joachim Waroi scored an own goal for Samoa.

Fiji recovered from Saturday’s bruising encounter with New Zealand by beating New Caledonia 2-1. Roy Krishna was on target yet again for Fiji with his eighth goal of the tournament. New Caledonia striker Richard Sele leveled the game midway through the second half with one of the outstanding goals of the tournament smashing a 25 yard left footed thunderbolt past Fiji’s goalkeeper Vereti Dickson. Fiji’s winner came courtesy of Rinal Prasad who volleyed home after New Caledonia goalkeeper Manu Wejieme missed a Roy Krishna corner.

MATCH SUMMARIES

Solomon Islands 8, Samoa 1

It took nearly half an hour for Solomon Islands to break down Samoa’s dogged defence but after Tony Otini’s strike opened the scoring Airton Andrioli’s team never looked back racking up a further seven goals. Judd Molea quickly added a second and Joses Nawo – one of the unsung heroes of the Solomon Islands side – scored two goals in injury time to give his team a comfortable 4-0 lead at the break. Samoa improved after the break with several attempts on goal but it took an own goal by Solomon Island’s defender Waroi to give Samoa something tangible. However, Samoa couldn’t prevent Joses Nawo completing his hat-trick in the 66th minute. With the clock ticking down the Joachim Rande scored in the 86th and 87th minutes. Judd Molea scored his second and the Solomon Islands eighth and final goal from the penalty spot in the 89th minute.

SOL: Lekezoto; Keni, Houkarawa, Waroi; Bisili (Lohe 68), Gagame, Purasi (Miniti 46), Rande, Molea, Nawo (Daudau 45); Otini

Subs not used: Nalangu, Saemala, Deramoa, Ramoni, Aengari.

Yellow cards: None.

Red cards: None.

Goals: Otini 27, Molea 31, 89 pen, Nawo 45, 45, 66, Rande 86, 87.

SAM: Hafkoa; Setefano, Fonoti, Umutaua, Faalavaau; Puleaiga, Malo, Fenika (Mikaele 70), Lino Liaina 83), Amosa (Vaa 76); Tino.

Subs not used: Taitai, Tauai.

Yellow cards: Fenika.

Red cards: None.

Goals: Waroi (own goal) 49.

Referee: Job Minian Ponis (PNG)

Assistant Referee 1: Mahit Chilia (VAN)

Assistant Referee 2: Tevita Makasini (TON)

Fourth Official: Michael Hester (NZL)

NEW CALEDONIA 1, FIJI 2

Fiji got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory against New Caledonia today. Fiji – missing several players to injury and skipper Kelepi Qaqa through suspension – turned in a tired performance but will be satisfied with the result nonetheless. Roy Krishna’s blistering pace caused New Caledonia problems from the outset with New Caledonia defender Jeremie Dokunengo struggling to contain the tournament’s top goalscorer. Krishna opened the scoring just before halftime when a speculative clearance took a deflection and looped into space behind the New Caledonia back four. Krishna sped through two challenges secured possession before slipping a tidy finish past Manu Wejieme.

However, New Caledonia contributed much to the match as a spectacle with Richard Sele stamping his authority on the game with a number of thrilling runs at the solid Fiji defence and two long range shots one of which struck the face of the crossbar the second ripping into the back of Fiji’s net. Fiji struggled to get back into the game following Sele’s strike until Wejieme was forced into a spectacular one handed save when Roy Krishna curled a well executed free kick over the New Caledonian wall. Wejieme went from hero to villain just moments later when the keeper flapped at Krishna’s corner allowing Rinal Prasad to volley home the winner.

NCL: Wejieme; Dokunengo, Xenie, Lolohea, Forest, Waknumune, Bowen (Saiko 46), Caunes, Waheo (Sablan 67), Wahnyamalla, Sele.

Subs not used: Tevanou, Kakou, Luewadria, Nyikeine, Bolo, Tidjine.

Yellow cards: Lolohea.

Red cards: None.

Goals: Sele 68.

FIJ: Dickson (Mateinanaqara 75); Niulevu, Posiano, Samy, Waqa, Krishna, Senibuli (Dileqa 55), Underwood (Singh 26), Kautoga, Deama, Prasad.

Subs not used: Krishneel, Nakalavo, Tuilau, Dass.

Yellow cards: Posiano, Kautoga.

Red cards: None.

Goals: Krishna 37, Prasad 79.

Referee: Peter O’Leary (NZL)

Assistant Referee 1: Paul Dunham (NZL)

Assistant Referee 2: Collins Auvele (SAM)

Fourth Official: Michael Hester (NZL)

NEW ZEALAND 7, VANUATU 0

New Zealand’s march toward the FIFA U20 World Cup continued after the Kiwis delivered their most convincing performance in the competition to date. Fulham midfielder Chris James was the hero delivering a classy hat-trick for coach Stu Jacobs as he and Sydney FC striker Jeremy Brockie dominated the match. Defender Phil Edginton gave New Zealand the perfect start after just two minutes when he nodded home a Chris James free kick from close range. James made it 2-0 with a perfectly executed free kick on the quarter hour mark and Jeremy Brockie struck a stunning long range effort from all of 25 metres out as Vanuatu were swept aside by a team that looks to be hitting form at the critical stage of the tournament. James added his second when he nodded home unmarked from an inch-perfect Brockie cross. Cole Peverley joined in the goal scoring action with a deadly long range effort. Vanuatu gave a better account of themselves in the second-half with New Zealand goalkeeper Jacob Spoonley having to make the several crucial saves from Brian Melar and Michel Kaltak. However, it was too little too late for Vanuatu as the Kiwis go into Match Day Seven sporting a one point advantage over nearest rivals Fiji.

NZL: Spoonley; Peters, Hogg, Pelter, Edginton; Henderson (Brown 32), James, Peverley, Keat (Cunningham 30); Brockie (Purcell 67), Jenkins.

Subs not used: Peters, Pelter, Roydhouse, Keane.

Yellow cards: None.

Red cards: None.

Goals: Edginton 2, James 15, 24, 51, Cunningham 62, Peverley 32, Brockie 19.

VAN: Merka; Obed (Kara 57), Sara, Kaltak, Boe, Nimanian, Wayane (Namariau 46), Melar (Maralau 79), Avock, Paul, Sakama.

Subs not used: Natou, Molbet, Tari, Graham, Malas.

Yellow cards: Natou, Kaltak.

Red cards: None.

Goals: None.

Referee: Chris Lengata (SOL)

Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Taro (SOL)

Assistant Referee 2: Hamilton Siau (SOL)

Fourth Official: Nelson Sogo (SOL)

2007 Oceania Men’s Youth (U-20) Championship – Match Day Six results (January 29)

Solomon Islands 8 (Otini 27, Molea 31, 89 pen, Nawo 45, 45, 66, Rande 86, 87) Samoa 1 (Waroi own goal 49)

Halftime: 4-0

New Caledonia 1 (Sele 68) Fiji 2 (Krishna 37, Prasad 79)

Halftime: 0-1

New Zealand 7 (Edginton 2, James 15, 24, 51, Brockie 19, Cunningham 62, Peverley 32) Vanuatu 0

Halftime: 5-0

Standings:

Team P W D L F A DIFF PTS

New Zealand 5 4 1 0 20
4 +18 13

Fiji 5 4 0 1 16 4 +12 12

Solomon Islands 6 3 2 1 14 8 +6 11

New Caledonia 5 3 0 2 11 5 +6 9

Tahiti 5 1 1 3 7 9 -2 4

Vanuatu 5 0 2 3 5 16 -11 2

Samoa 5 0 0 5 3 30 -27 0

Golden Boot standings

8- Roy Krishna (FIJ)

5 – Chris James (NZL)

4 – Sam Jenkins (NZL), Dan Keat (NZL), Joachim Rande (SOL), Judd Molea (SOL)

3 – Richard Sele (NCL), Tony Otini (SOL), Jeremy Brockie (NZL), Joses Nawo (SOL)

2 – Jean Wahnyamalla (NCL), Ulrich Bowden (NCL), Alvin Singh (FIJ), Eran Underwood (FIJ), Ariihau Tereiitau (TAH), Michael Cunningham (NZL)

1 – Meneusi Senibuli (FIJ), Krishna Sami (FIJ), Esava Naqeleca (FIJ), Jason Sablan (NCL), Cesar Lolohea (NCL), Teiki Wan Phook (TAH), Jay Warren (TAH), Leon Chan (TAH), Ionataana Tino (SAM), Matahi Hauata (TAH), Elten Boe (VAN), Francois Sakama (VAN), Silao Malo (SAM), Simon Molbet (VAN) Brian Melar (VAN), Jean Christophe Xenie (NCL), Roihau Degage (TAH), Cole Peverley (NZL), Rinal Prasad (FIJ), Phil Edginton (NZL)

2007 OCEANIA U-20 MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP – TRUSTS STADIUM, WAITAKERE

JANUARY 19-31

MATCH DAY 1

FRIDAY – JAN 19

12 noon 0 SAMOA V FIJI 7

2.30pm 1 TAHITI V NEW CALEDONIA 2

5.00pm 1 SOLOMON ISLANDS V NEW ZEALAND 1

VANUATU BYE

SATURDAY – JAN 20 REST DAY

MATCH DAY 2

SUNDAY 21st JAN

12 noon 3 TAHITI V SAMOA 1

2.30pm 1 SOLOMON ISLANDS V NEW CALEDONIA 0

5.00pm 2 FIJI V VANUATU 0

NEW ZEALAND BYE

MONDAY – JAN 22 REST DAY

MATCH DAY 3

TUESDAY – JAN 23

12 noon 2 TAHITI V VANUATU 2

2.30pm 7 NEW ZEALAND V SAMOA 1

5.00pm 0 SOLOMON ISLANDS V FIJI 3

NEW CALEDONIA BYE

WEDNESDAY – JAN 24 REST DAY

MATCH DAY 4

THURSDAY – JAN 25

12 noon 5 NEW CALEDONIA V SAMOA 0

2.30pm 2 VANUATU V SOLOMON ISLANDS 2

5.00pm 0 TAHITI V NEW ZEALAND 2

FIJI BYE

FRIDAY – JAN 26 REST DAY

MATCH DAY 5

SATURDAY – JAN 27

12 noon 1 VANUATU V NEW CALEDONIA 3

2.30pm 1 TAHITI V SOLOMON ISLANDS 2

5.00pm 3 NEW ZEALAND V FIJI 2

SAMOA BYE

SUNDAY – JAN 28 REST DAY

MATCH DAY 6

MONDAY – JAN 29

12 noon 8 SOLOMON ISLANDS V SAMOA 1

2.30pm 1 NEW CALEDONIA V FIJI 2

5.00pm VANUATU V NEW ZEALAND

TAHITI BYE

TUESDAY – JAN 30 REST DAY

MATCH DAY 7

WEDNESDAY – JAN 31

12 noon VANUATU V SAMOA

2.30pm TAHITI V FIJI

2.30pm NEW ZEALAND V NEW CALEDONIA

SOLOMON ISLANDS BYE

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