Galaxy FC has crushed RueRue FC by 5-0 in an entertaining match at the Korman Stadium in Port Vila today, meaning that they now advance into the main draw of the Oceania Champions League.
The tie was poised at 0-0 after a hard-fought first-leg, but one which Galaxy really should have won given a multitude of chances, including a missed penalty.
The second leg kicked off on an overcast but warm day, with both teams keen to attack early. Strikers John Tahi and Andre Batick tested each others goalkeepers, before Batick picked up a yellow card for a heavy challenge on Harrison Massing.
Galaxy had the better of the next period, with a header by Joe Moses just sliding wide of the goal. Massing then sent a well taken free kick into the RueRue box, but a defender did well to clear it out of danger.
After more sustained pressure, the deadlock was broken in sensational style. Another raid into the box on the right hand side saw RueRue keeper Dgen Leo lured off his line and all at sea as the ball found its way to Ivong Wilson. The striker took his time and blasted a volley home, despite the desperate attempt of Lucien Hinge to keep it out with his head.
Galaxy came out firing in the second half, showing the same attacking intent they’d had in the first. It didn’t take long for Batick to score the crucial second, latching onto a great pass from midfield and then running into the box to deliver a thunderous shot that went flying past Leo and into the bottom corner.
Moses almost got a third shortly after, but his right footed strike was well saved by Leo.
However, Galaxy captain Kensi Tangis was not to be denied when he got an opportunity, from yet again another beautiful pass saw him in an acre of space and one on one with the keeper. He had no issue taking his time and slotting home to end the game as a contest.
Just to make sure of it, Bong Kalo broke away to net a fourth, which was a fine finish. 24 then took advantage of some poor defence by RueRue, picking off a pass back and dribbling around Leo to score his second. However, it wasn’t all perfect, Kalo picking up his second yellow to be sent off just before full time.
Galaxy now head to the main draw of the OFC Champions League, with the finals to be held in New Zealand in August.
Galaxy FC 5 (Kensi Tangis 2, Ivong Wilson, Andre Batick, Bong Kalo)
RueRue FC 0