Solomon Islands recorded its second win in Australia after they downed Gold Coast champions Burleigh Heads 4-2 last night.

Assistant team coach Jacob Moli was delighted with the performance after Solomon Islands raced into a 4-0 lead but expressed concern over two defensive blunders that cost goals.

“We conceded two goals in the dying minutes of the final half from silly mistakes otherwise, the match was well played,” says Moli.

Debutant Godwin Bebeu scored a brace in the first half before Bilikiki goal poacher James Naka and up-and-coming midfield maestro Judd Molea rounded off the goal fest with one goal each in the
second half.

Burleigh’s goals were scored inside injury time from some ponderous defending. The first goal took a wicked deflection off defender Marlon and went straight into the net while the second goal came
from the penalty spot after Jacob Pekau missed a cross inside the 18 yard box forcing George Suri into a rash challenge that resulted in the penalty award.

Solomon Islands will play its final match this evening against A-League club Queensland Roar.

National head coach Airton Andrioli, has rested his first XI for this particular match except for Henry Fa’arodo Jr. who returned to Melbourne for a crucial match with his club.

In squad news, Tinoni Ratu’s dream of representing his country in the Pacific Games may be over following a knee injury sustained during their match with the Gold Coast champions Burleigh Heads.

Team physio Chris Laore says the injury was quite serious which means Ratu may not recover in time for the Samoa Games which kick off in next week.

Meanwhile, the Frank Farina coached Queensland Roar will be using tonight’s clash with Solomon Islands senior national team as a final build up before their first round A- League match against

His counterpart Airton Andrioli said any sort of positive result against Queensland Roar would be the perfect tonic ahead of XIII South Pacific Games – Samoa 2007 when Solomon Islands kick off
their campaign against American Samoa on 25th August.

So far, the team had won two out of three matches and need to win the final match to round off a successful tour `Down Under.’

Andrioli will field in the same team that played against Palm Beach Sharks for the final match.

SOL: Fred Hale (GK), David Taro (D/F), Samson Takayama, George Suri, Gideon Omokirio, George Lui, Judd Molea, Alick Maemae, Mostyn Beui, Commins Menapi and Benjamin Totori.