Solomon Islands kept it’s XIII South Pacific Games semi-final hopes alive with a handy 3-0 win over bottom-placed American Samoa at Toleafoa J.S.Blatter Football Field in Apia, Samoa,
Solomon Islands opened the scoring in the 13th minute when goalkeeper Betty Sade sent a punt upfield which bounced over the American Samoa defence allowing Crystal Annie to slot a nice finish
beyond the on-rushing Filiga Kerisiano to make it 1-0.
Margaret Daudau had Solomon Islands in celebration mode after 39 minutes when her cross-come-shot cleared Kerisiano and dropped under the crossbar making it 2-0.
Diane Justus rounded off the scoring in the 58th minute when a Brenda Masae freekick flew through a crowded penalty area past Kerisiano to the feet of Justus her completed an easy finish from
For American Samoa the defeat completed a respectable first up performance in women’s international football despite three defeats and a 1-1 with Cook Islands. Solomon Islands will need a
result against high-flying Fiji and hope Cook Islands can cause an upset against wounded giants Papua New Guinea.
1000hrs GMT-13 Cook Islands v Papua New Guinea
1000hrs GMT-13 Solomon Islands v Fiji
0′ – Solomon Islands enter this pivotal Group A fixture with only three substitutes
2′ – the match is underway in incredibly hot conditions for a morning kick-off
3′ – Kerisiano is sporting a pair of goalkeeper gloves for the first time in the tournament
6′ – the gloves of Kerisiano are trialled out early on, with Crystal Annie testing her from an acute angle
13′ – GOAL!
Betty Sade releases a towering punt upfield, which bounces over the American Samoa defence, with 15. Crystal ANNIE winning the foot race to the loose ball and slotting past Filiga
Kerisiano in the American Samoa goal
13′ – Kerisiano sheds the gloves as American Samoa look to recover
18′ – the Solomon Islands defence and midfield are holding shape well, extinguishing any American Samoan foray and leaving Betty Sade with little to do
33′ – Audrey Jack goes down with an arm injury, and leaves the field for treatment
33′ – yellow card for 15. Jasmine MAKIASI
35′ – Beulah Oney releases aq dipping volley, which Sade cautiously parries for a corner
35′ – the corner’s clearance falls to Oney again, who misses narrowly to the right
39′ – GOAL!
6. Margaret DAUDAU is in space on the right of the American Samoan penalty box, and strikes a looping cross which evades Keresiano and sneaks its way underneath the crossbar
41′ – Tofaagaoli Oloaluga has a go from a 35 yard free kick, but Sade holds well moving swiftly to her left
HALF-TIME: SOL 2 ASA 0
46′ – second half is underway with no changes to either side
49′ – playing is running freely from end to end in the early stages, with both teams registering shots on goal
51′ – Meleane Kerisiano intervenes courageously with Crystal Annie bearing down on goal
52′ – Sade is off her line well to clear a well weighted through ball from the American Samoan midfield
54′ – Kerisiano saves well from another dangerous Annie cross-shot
54′ – 10. Ivette HERRERA receives a yellow card for slowing down play
58′ – GOAL!
a Brenda Masae free kick from wide on the left finds its way through the American Samoa defence, skips past Filiga Kerisiano and is tapped home by 9. Diane JUSTUS
60′ – Solomon Islands combine well down the right side with a quick interchange of passes leading to a Daudau shot which strikes the side-netting
62′ – Ora Brown and Lelamay Kerisiano block a series of rebounds from a Solomon Islands corner
63′ – Diane Justus narrowly clears the crossbar from a headed flick with her back to goal
66′ – Samatha Meula shoots well from distance, but Filiga Kerisiano makes a good collapsing save
67′ – Ivette Herrera hits a slide-rule pass for Angela Sao to strike first time, but miss to the right
68′ – Meleane Kerisiano is again tidy in defence to delay another Solomon Islands break
68′ – Filigia Kerisiano spectacularly bats away a Margaret Belo free kick destined for the top right corner
69′ – Justus heads wide from a Audrey Jack cross
69′ – Daudau has a clear view on goal, but shoots straight into Kerisiano’s bare hands
74′ – 7. Mary BOE makes way for 14. Janet ALUFURAI
76′ – 10 Ivette HERRERA is replaced by 13. Momi ENE
77′ – the American Samoa defence combines well to clear another Solomon Islands corner
78′ – 12. Belinda SUSANA takes the field for 13. Samantha MAELAUA
79′ – 5. Fetu LAKISA makes way for 2. Maria SEFO
80′ – Lelamay Kerisiano tracks well to deflect a Helen Sikwaae shot for a corner
81′ – Filiga Kerisiano positions herself well to tip anothe Annie strike over the crossbar for a corner
84′ – Lelamay Kerisiano is again outstanding on defence on consecutive occasions
86′ – 1. Filiga KERISIANO is given a well-earned early rest for 24. Marleen SILIGI to make her tournament debut
87′ – Siligi is immediately called into action, recovering well from an Annie strike onto the post and releasing a towering punt upfield
— 3 minutes added time —
90′ – Solomon Islands replicate the substitution, bringing 1. Betty SADE off for 20. Annie GELI
90’+2 – Maria Sefo gives Geli a nervous first impression by shooting narrowly wide from the angle
FULL TIME: SOL 3 ASA 0
XIII SOUTH PACIFIC GAMES – SAMOA 2007
Women’s Group A
Match Day 4 – 1000 – 1 September 2007
Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Football Fields – Apia – Samoa
SOLOMON ISLANDS: 1. Betty SADE [gk] (20. Annie Geli [gk] 90′); 2. Audrey JACK; 3. Brenda MASAE; 4. Margaret BELO; 5. Elise RINGI; 6. Margaret DAUDAU; 7. Mary BOE
(14. Janet ALUFURAI 74′); 9. Diane JUSTUS [c]; 13. Samantha MAELAUA (12. Belinda SUSANA 77′); 15. Crystal ANNIE; 16. Hellen SIKWAAE.
Coach: Timothy INIFIRI
Substitutes not used:
Injured: 8. Betty MANUU; 10. Vanessa INIFIRI.
Suspended: 17. Prudence FULA.
Not available: 11. Layda SAMANI.
Goal scorers: 15. Crystal ANNIE (12′); 6 Margaret DAUDAU (38′); 9. Diane JUSTUS (57′)
AMERICAN SAMOA: 1. Filiga KERISIANO [gk] (24. Marleen SILIGI [gk] 87′); 4. Tofaagaolii OLOALUGA; 5. Fetu LAKISA (2. Maria SEFO 79′); 7. Angela SAO; 8. Lelamay
KERISIANO; 9. Meleane KERISIANO; 10. Ivette HERRERA (13. Momi ENE 75′); 11. Sandra HERRERA [c]; 12. Beulah ONEY; 14. Ora BROWN; 15. Jasmine MAKIASI.
Coach: Tunoa LUI.
Substitutes not used: 3. Regina WRIGHT; 6. Lita TAOTOTO; 16. Nellie TAUMANUPEPE; 18. Jermaima Fuatino KALEOPA; 19. Titiula NAUER; .
Cautions: 15. Jasmine MAKAISI (33′); 10. Ivette HERRERA (54′)
Referee: Fiti AIMAASU (SAM)
Assistant Referee: Alison FLYNN (AUS)
Assistant Referee: Nawen HOPKEN (VAN)
Fourth Official: Michael JOSEPH (VAN)