Ba left it late but claimed a share of the points with host club Hienghène Sport in a fast paced and entertaining 1-1 draw at Stade Yoshida in Koné, New Caledonia.
Ba FC [FIJI]: 20. Josaia RATU (GK), 2. Avinesh SUWAMY, 3. Meli CODRO, 4. Manasa NAWAKULA, 9. Abbu Zahid SHAHEED,11. Praneel NAIDU, 12. Remueru TEKIATE, 14. Josefata NEIBULI, 15. Saula WAQA, 16. Malakai TIWA (C), 18. Laisenia NAIOKO,
Substitutes: 1. Shaneel NAIDU (RGK) 5. Ronil KUMAR, 6. Suliano TAWANAKORO, 7. Samuela NABENIA, 8. Patrick RALULU, 10. Mavileko NAKAMA, 17. Narendra RAO, 19. Jonetani NEWA.
Coach: Imdad ALI [FIJ]
Hienghene Sport: [NCL] 1. Jean Yann DOUNEZECK (GK), 3. William YENTAO, 5. Jordan DINET, 6. Adolphe BOAOUTHO, 9. Jefferson DAHITE, 10. Miguel KAYARA, 11. Bertrand KAI (C), 13. Roy KAYARA, 15. Clifton KANVA, 16. Harry DINET, 34. Yohann MERCIER.
Substitutes: 18. Renaldo POINDJIAO (GK), 19. Rocky NYIKEINE (GK), 4. Pothin POMA, 12. Warren HOUALA, 14, Giani KAYARA, 24. Rudy KAYARA, 27. George BAMY, 28. Franck SINEM, 30. Yvanoe BAMY, 33. Iamel KABEU.
Coach: Felix TAGAWA [FRA]
FULL-TIME | Ba FC 1-1 Hienghene Sport
90+4′ SUB Hienghene | Yvanoe BAMY replaces William YENTAO
90+3′ SUB BA | Saula WAQA replaced by Mavileko NAKAMA
90′ Four minutes of additional time to be played.
90′ GOAL!!! Ba 1-1 Hienghene Malakai Tina silences the crowd with an equaliser for Ba
89′ Hieghene have the ball in the net but the play had long been called offside.
85′ Miguel KAYARA is down after a strong challenge from SUWAMY
83′ TIWA strikes the free kick well but DOUNEZECK saves low to his left.
82′ YELLOW CARD – Another Hienghene player goes in the book.Awaiting confirmation of name.
81′ YELLOW CARD – Miguel KAYARA goes into the referee’s notebook
80′ Fiji have an attacking free kick out wide. SUWAMY takes but MERCIER clears acrobatically.
73′ SUB Hienghene | Iamel KABEU enters the game, replacing Clifton KANVA.
70′ GOAL!!! Ba 0-1 Hienghene. Bertrand KAI sends RATU the wrong way and the hosts are in front.
69′ YELLOW CARD – Samuela NABENIA is cautioned
69′ PENALTY Hienghene – The hosts have spot kick. Kai to take.
67′ DOUNEZECK gives the ball away straight to ZAHID who finds WAQA. He fashions a shot but DOUNEZECK saves to spare his blushes.
60′ SUB Hienghene – Harry DINET is replaced by Warren HOUALA
58′ SUB Ba – Samuela NABENA replaces Laisenia NAIOKO
55′ RATU os forced to make a sharp reaction save as a Hienghene player gets on the end of a cross in a crowded goal mouth
54′ YENTAO get his head on a Miguel KAYARA free kick but send the ball over the cross bar
52’ YELLOW CARD | Meli CODRO is cautioned for a foul on Roy KAYARA
49’ And a sharp save from DOUNEZECK down the other end as ZAHID nearly deflects a shot his teammate in at the back post.
48′ RATU makes an impressive save but then nearly loses the ball as he lands.
47′ Meli CODRO wins a free kick for Ba high up the pitch. Hienghene clear from the resulting set piece
46′ Hienghene get the game back underway
HALF-TIME | Ba FC 0-0 Hienghene Sport
45+2′ Hienghene foul Ba goalkeeper NATU as they try to get on the end of a corner.
45′ Two minutes additional time
44′ YELLOW CARD Ba have the ball in the net but it’s ruled out for a foul on the ‘keeper. WAQA is cautioned.
42′ Clifton KANVA is penalised for handball as he gets in the way of a stinging cross.
38′ NATU races out of his area to beat KAI to a ball played over the top and does well.
35′ NAIOKO is down injured and receiving treatment from his coach. bit of magic water and he’s on his feet.
34′ KAI is squeezed for room as he shoots. He hits the side netting.
32′ YELLOW CARD Praneel NAIDU picks up the game’s first caution
30′ Hienghene clear their lines from a corner but NAIDU pops it back over for NAIOKO who just can’t catch up with it.
28′ Kai tries to slip the ball past an on-rushing RATU but his shot slides wide of the far post.
27′ Clifton KANVA and Laisenia NAIOKO tussle for the ball and KANVA wins a free kick
23′ NAIDU is down injured but after some treatment returns to his feet .
20′ Hienghene break this time. Miguel KAYARA crosses to the back post. Josaia RATU climbs high to collect. Fumbles but regathers.
16′ Jefferson DAHITE gets under a high cross but can’t get any power on the header.
14′ The frenetic pace of the game continues as Ba break at pace. DOUNEZECK makes a save and the follow up is cleared off the line.
13′ Kai collects a ball on his chest at pace, tries to cut inside but Remuera TAKIATE clears
12′ The corner is delivered to the back post where Malakai TIWA connects but heads just wide.
11′ WAQA receives the ball on the corner of the penalty area and forces a sharp save from DOUNEZECK
7′ Bertand Kai shows he still has pace. Weaves past the first defender, shoots from distance but doesn’t get the power he wanted.
6′ Ba work the ball across their back four but the ball goes out as they attempt to spray it wide.
5′ Free kick fro Hienghene taken quickly and sent long. Kai reaches it but his cross is cut out.
2′ Saula WAQA chases a through ball but gives a way the free kick as he tussles for possession with DINET
1′ Ba kick off to get us underway at Stade Yoshida.
Referee: Kader ZITOUNI (TAH)
Assistant Referee 1: Folio MOEAKI (TON)
Assistant Referee 2: Jeremy GARAE (VAN)
Fourth Official: Norbert HAUATA (TAH)