Wellington 8-0 Ba

Team Wellington take on Ba FC in Group B at 5:00pm. Photo by OFC Media

Team Wellington have thumped Ba FC 8-0 at Stade Yoshida to qualify for the OFC Champions League semi-finals in style.

Team Wellington:[NZL] 1. Scott BASALAJ (GK), 2. Justin GULLEY,  4. Guillermo MORETTI, 5. Bill ROBERTSON (C), 7. Leo VILLA,  9. Tom JACKSON, 10. Nathanael HAILEMARIAM, 11. Mario BARCIA, 12. Andy BEVIN, 16. Ben HARRIS, 19. Joshua MARGETTS.

Substitutes: 22. Adam MCDONALD (RGK), 3. Omrie SAOLELE, 6. Taylor SCHRIJVERS, 14. Billy SCOTT, 15. Joel STEVENS, 18. Nicolas ZAMBRANO, 20. Nicholas EDGINTON, 21. Niko KIRWAN.
Coach: José FIGUEIRA (ENG)

Ba FC: [FIJ]  20. Josaia RATU (GK), 2. Avinesh SUWAMY, 3. Meli CODRO, 4. Manasa NAWAKULA, 5. Ronil KUMAR,  7. Samuela NABENIA,  9. Abbu ZAHID, 11. Praneel NAIDU, 12. Remueru TEKIATE, 14. Josefata NEIBULI (C),  18. Laisenia NAIOKO.

Substitutes: 1. Shaneel NAIDU (RGK), 6. Suliano TAWANAKORO, 8. Patrick RALULU, 10. Mavileko NAKAMA, 17. Narendra RAO, 19. Jonetani NEWA.
Suspended: 13. Amena BOLAITAMANA, 15. Saula WAQA.
Coach: Imdad ALI (FIJ)

FULL-TIME | Team Wellington 8-0 Ba FC

90+2′ GOAL!! WLG 8-0 BA Leo VILLA bends a free kick over NAIDU to inflate the lead further. 

90′ There will be a minimum of three additional minutes

89′ ZAMBRANO shows great strength on the ball to get in behind Ba’s defence but they recover to concede just a corner.

88′ JACKSON caught offside again.

87′ KIRWAN has the ball in the back of the net but is offside.

84′ HAILEMARIAM should have made it eight as ZAMBRANO’s ball across goal finds him with the goal at his mercy. Doesn’t connect.

82′ GOAL!! WLG 7-0 BA Nicolas ZAMBRANO gets on the scoresheet as Wellington add a seventh. 

80′ ZAMBRANO set free, sees JACKSON making an unchecked run on the other side but can’t get it past his covering defender

78′ NABENIA is in behind. Finds SUWAMY on the edge of the area but a stinging low shot is parried by BASALAJ to preserve the clean sheet.

78′ Free kick is cleared and played in again. JACKSON heads on for ROBERTSON who picks out a recovering NAIDU.

77′ JACKSON bustles for possession and wins a wide-ish free kick outside the area.

76′ ZAMBRANO goes down after a challenge in the box. Penalty claims are waived away.

72′ KIRWAN wins a free kick and then is on the end off when VILLA delivers. Tries an overhead kick but doesn’t connect well enough.

70′ KIRWAN times a run perfectly and cuts inside to shoot but he can’t hit the target.

69′ JACKSON thinks he has a fourth but he was offside as he tapped in GULLEY’s goal-bound header from a VILLA free-kick

67′ BARCIA picks out HAILEMARIAM with a superb diagonal pass but TAWANAKORO picks his pocket as he tried to skip past.

66′ Ba still pushing but HAILEMARIAM tracks back to clear the danger.

65′ Manasa NAWAKULA tries a shot from distance. Connects beautifully but it deflects off GULLEY for a corner.

63′ KIRWAN dispossesses NEIBULI, drives to the byline but his cross is cleared.

61′ SUB WLG | Niko KIRWAN replaces Joshua MARGETTS

59′ GOAL WLG 6-0 BA | Instant impact from ZAMBRANO who slides the ball across for JACKSON to complete his hat trick.

56′ SUB WLG | Double change for Team Wellington as Taylor SCHRIJVERS and Nicolas ZAMBRANO replace Guillermo MORETTI and Ben HARRIS.

56′ GOAL!! WLG 5-0 BA | Tom JACKSON rise well at a corner to head in his second and Wellington’s fifth of the match

54′ SUB BA | Suliano TAWANAKORO comes in for Laisenia NAIOKO.

54′ Avinesh SUWAMY’s free kick whizzes over the cross bar

53′ NABENIA drives and is fouled by MORETTI a few metres outside the Wellington area.

51′ GOAL!! WLG 4-0 BA | BARCIA wins a tackle high up the pitch, HARRIS takes a touch then slips it past NAIDU. 

50′ Meli CODRO crosses but Scott BASALAJ shows a safe pair of gloves again

48′ Abbu ZAHID is down injured and receives treatment

46′ We’re off again at Stade Yoshida as Wellington Kick off.

HALF-TIME | Team Wellington 3-0 Ba FC

45+8′ GOAL WLG 3-0 BA | VILLA floats a free kick into the box. Cleared to BARCIA whose shot goes in off a Ba defender.

45+7′ The ball drops to HAILEMARIAM in the box but he fires wide.

45+6′ Ba pushing forward but turn the ball over. HARRIS wins a free kick on halfway to relieve any pressure.

45+5′ NAIDU does well to collect a HARRIS shot that skims off the deck.

45+4′ BEVIN turns and drives. NAIDU is at full stretch to tip his shot round the post.

45+3′ BARCIA plays HAILEMARIAM though but the Wellington forward is offside

45′ There will be at least 10 minutes of additional time.

42′ Cross finds HAILEMARIAM at the back stick. Heads back the other way but it rolls across the face of goal.

40′ NAIOKO heads a long ball on and ROBERTSON takes no chances. Puts it in row Z.

37′ HARRIS is upended as he follows through on a tackle.

33′ GOAL!! WLG 2-0 BA | Ben HARRIS rises at the back post and doubles Wellington’s lead.

32′ MORETTI glances his header goalward but it deflects out for another corner.

31′ HARRIS hustles and dispossesses CODRO who then gives away a free kick near the corner flag.

30′ HARRIS sets off to meet a through ball that stops dead instead of running on. Ba clean up.

29′ It’s neck and neck in the slip-n-slide between JACKSON and NEIBULI but goal kick is the decision.

28′ SUB BA | Shane NAIDU replaces Josaia RATU between the sticks.

26′ RATU has gone down again as Ba deal with a free kick. The ‘keeper is not looking too flash as the stretcher comes out again.

24. Free kick swung in. Cleared by VILLA. Launched back in by CODRO but claimed well by BASALAJ

23′ Free kick near the corner flag for Ba. Won by NABENIA

22’ The ball is sticking in the wet as Ba pass their way up field.

19′ GOAL WLG 1-0 BA JACKSON blasts it sweetly past RATU and Wellington have the lead.

18′ PENALTY WLG – Ben HARRIS takes a high foot to the face and Team Wellington have the chance to take the lead from the spot.

17′ It looked dicey there for a while but RATU is back on the field.

15′ RATU being stretchered off the field by ambulance staff .

14′ RATU still down and receiving treatment from the opposition’s medical staff.

11′ Josaia RATU has stayed down after that play. Collided with JACKSON after the touch. Players looking concerned.

10′ JACKSON runs on to a ball around the defence. Keeper gets a touch as JACKSON shoots. Corner.

9′ GULLEY wins a defensive free kick after a foul by NABENIA

7′ Half chances to JACKSON and HAILEMARIAM in the box. Wellington have a corner.

6′ JACKSON played through but even he knows he’s offside.

4′ BEVIN reaches by-line, cuts it back for HARRIS. Shot blocked as he slips in the heavy rain.

3′ NABENIA lays off for Melo CODRO who can’t get any power on the shot. BASALAJ saves easily.

2′ The free kick is cleared by Ba at the second attempt.

2′ JACKSON tries to turn just inside Ba’s half. Fouled by NEIBULI.

‘1 Ba gets this Group B decider underway at Stade Yoshida

-5’ Teams are out. Rain is torrential in Koné

Match Officials
Referee: Norbet HAUATA (TAH)
Assistant Referee 1: Hilmon SESE (VAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Folio MOEAKI (TON)
4th Official: George TIME (SOL)

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