NEW ZEALAND PREVAIL IN VANUATU SHOWDOWN

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U23-Team-2.jpgLAUTOKA - Two red cards, two goals and no shortage of drama brought Match Day 2 to a close as New Zealand claimed a bruising 2-0 win over Vanuatu.
Vanuatu made a frenetic start to the match with Jeffry Nimanian and Joseph Namariau combining to cause the New Zealand defence problems.
But Costa Barbarouses settled the nerves for Stu Jacobs team with a composed finish after 15 minutes that left Charley Kalnasei with no chance.
The match was played at a fast pace but erupted in the 38th minute when Vanuatu’s Spencer Noal and New Zealand’s Dan Keat were both shown the red card after an ugly incident near half way.
Francois Sakama made one or two inspirational passes for
Vanuatu but the hero of the XIII South Pacific Games was unable to find a way through a New Zealand midfield patrolled by the once again impressive Cole Peverley.
New Zealand made it 2-0 after Costa Barbarouses went on a mazy run, outpaced the Vanuatu defence before setting up substitute Jeremy Brockie whose stunning right foot shot on the turn from the edge of the penalty area gave Kalnasei no chance.
Vanuatu had claims for a penalty turned down after 73 minutes but New Zealand always looked dangerous with Barbarouses a class act. Daniel Ellensohn worked tirelessly up front and substitute Sam Messam created chaos in the Vanuatu defence in the dying minutes.
This was an accomplished performance by
New Zealand with the match against Solomon Islands looming as a potential cup final.
“We thought
Vanuatu would be tough with eleven on the park. There’s a lot at stake now. We had a couple of good goals and I thought Jeremy took his goal really well.
We competed well; we dropped off a wee bit at times. We defended pretty well. Just need to get players fresh now and look forward to the Solomons,” Jacobs said.
Vanuatu team spokesman John Napua was disappointed by the defeat.
“We’re very disappointed. The send off was possibly a big error.  But I thought that worked in our favour at that stage. We lost it towards the end but all in all we’re trying to look forward.
Michel Kaltak ran all day, picks himself up, keeps going – he’s bounced back well; Rexley Tarivuti and Geoffrey Lego Gete were all stand out performers,” Napua said.

 

PL

W

D

L

GF

GA

PTS

GD

1.

Solomon Islands

2

2

0

0

17

1

6

+16

2.

New Zealand

2

2

0

0

4

1

6

+3

3.

Fiji

2

1

0

1

8

2

3

+6

4.

Vanuatu

2

1

0

1

4

2

3

+2

5.

Papua New Guinea

2

0

0

2

2

13

0

-11

6.

Cook Islands

2

0

0

2

0

15

0

-15

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