New Caledonia has gained the upper hand in their friendly series against Solomon Islands with a 3-0 win at Lawson Tama Stadium yesterday afternoon.
2011 OFC Player of the Year Bertrand Kai lived up to his reputation and the expectation of fans in Honiara by clinching the opener after the half-time breather. Kai stole into the penalty box with Michael Boso and Phillip Mango unsure about who to collect and tipped the ball into the empty net.
Roy Kayara extended the lead for the visitors shortly after with a run from deep inside his own half, beating the Solomon Islands offside trap. Kai then wrapped up the win with an easy tap home in a set move by the New Caledonians.
The home side had moments of dominance in the opening half but struggled to finish any attempts. Benjamin Totori missed a golden opportunity right in front of goal, sending his attempt over the cross bar, and an attempt off Boso’s head went just wide of the far post.
The Solomon Islands will need to make the most of opportunities in their second and final match of the series on Saturday, when they try and overturn their deficit against New Caledonia.
The New Caledonian side must be careful not to be complacent in their next match, as the Solomon Islands will be leaving nothing on the field to try and turn the series in their favour.
For more on Solomon Islands football visit www.siff.com.sb.
For more on New Caledonia football visit www.fedcalfoot.com