The Vodafone Fiji women’s national football team have defeated Singapore 3-1 to kick off their Tri-Nations FIFA Women’s International Friendly series in style at Vanuatu’s Korman Stadium on Thursday night.
The Marika Rodu coached side took an early lead through Cema Nasau but their Asian opponents have managed to level the scores at the final stages of the first half.
Midway through the second half midfielder Luisa Tamanitoakula gave Fiji the lead once again before grabbing her second in the 91st minute to seal her side’s 3-1 victory.
Despite the win, Rodu admitted his players weren’t at their best in the first half.
“It was a game of two halves, we didn’t play the way we wanted and the rhythm of our game was not as we’ve planned.
“An early goal may have contributed to player’s laxity in the first half as most of the senior players took their foot off the accelerator and the rhythm started to drop,” Rodu explained.
The Fiji coach was far more satisfied with his team’s second half performance.
“In the second half we changed the momentum and were more aggressive in our attack and combined very well to put pressure on Singapore’s defense and that was how we managed to score two other goals,” he said.
“If the girls continued with the same rhythm and momentum, the end result would have been different.
“We will go back to the drawing board and iron out our mistakes before coming against Vanuatu on Monday,” said Rodu.