TGA 0-4 FIJ

Tonga and Fiji are meeting today in their first match of the OFC U-19 Women’s Championship.

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Tonga: 1. Mele AKOLO (GK), 2. Fifi MOALA, 3. Michelle TUITUPOU, 4. Meleseini TUFUI, 5. Manusiu LATAVAO, 6. Siunipa TALASINGA, 7. Seini LUTU, 8. Halaunga TAHOLO (C), 9. Carmel UHILA, 11. Mele KAFA, 19. Alexandra FIFITA
Substitutes: 10. Teisa FUSI, 12. Ofa ATAONGO, 13. Peta FENUKITAU, 14. Patricia LIKILIKI, 15. Luseane VIVILI, 16. Katalina TALIAULI, 17. Kalolaine TALIAULI, 18. Sosefina HAVEA, 20. Adrienne TAHITUA (GK)

Coach: Christian KOANETI (TGA)

Fiji: 1. Ateca TUWAI (GK), 2. Cecelia NAINIMA, 3. Mereoni TORA, 4. Sekola WAQANIDROLA, 5. Veniana RANADI, 6. Ledua SENISEA, 7. Koleta LIKUCULACULA, 8. Timaima VUNIYAYAWA, 9. Asenaca DIRANUVE, 10. Luisa TAMANITOAKULA (C), 11. Cema NASAU,
Substitutes: 12. Silina QARAWAQA, 13. Louisa SIMMONS, 14. Miriama BAKANICEVA, 15. Maca RALAGI, 16. Aliza HUSSEIN, 17. Miliana BUREITAU, 18. Cynthia DUTT, 19. Laca TIKOSAYA, 20. Maria PARR (GK)

Coach: Saroj KUMAR (FIJ)

FULL-TIME | Tonga 0-4 Fiji

90+3′ YELLOW CARD | Tonga’s Pumu TAHOLO is cautioned

90’+2′ SUB TGA | Peta FENUKITAU replaces Alexandra FIFITA

90′ A minimum of four minutes additional time

87′ SUB FIJ | Koleta LIKUCULACULA makes room for Miriama BAKANICEVA

85′ AKOLO makes a save before hoofing the ball upfield

84′ Fiji showing plenty of physical presence in this match

79′ Fiji’s LIKUCULACULA goes down injured and requires treatment

77′ HUSSEIN tries to put the ball closer to goal for her teammates but AKOLO reads the cross well

74′ Seini LUTU hhas a shot at goal but it’s blocked away from goal for a throw

71′ SUB FIJ | Ledua SENISEA is replaced by Laca TIKOSAYA

70′ A crunching challenge from Tonga in the middle of the park sees Fiji awarded a free kick

66′ SUB FIJ | Timaima VUNIYAYAWA is replaced by Aliza HUSSEIN

65′ GOAL!!! TGA 0-4 FIJ | Cema NASAU with a fine strike taking her to two for the afternoon

64′ SUB TGA | Double change for Tonga with Siu LATAVAO replaced by Lina TALIAULI and Mitchelle TUITUPOU replaced by Sose HAVEA

62′ DIRANUVE sees the run from VUNIYAYAWA but the ball drops short allowing Tonga to intercept

60′ DIRANUVE tries to flick the ball into the net but AKOLO sees it coming

59′ Excellent defending from Cecelia NAINIMA to hold FIFITA at bay

56′ GOAL!!! TGA 0-3 FIJ | Fiji captain Luisa TAMANITOAKULA puts it past AKOLO from the penalty spot

55′ YELLOW CARD | Mitchelle TUITUPOU is cautioned 

55′ AKOLO makes a save but a challenge from Mitchelle TUITUPOU on NASAU sees the referee point to the spot

53′ Carmel UHILA tries to pick out Mele KAFA but the ball runs long for keeper Ateca TUWA to claim

50′ Tonga having trouble finding their midfield at the moment with Ledua SINISEA holding that area up well

49′ NASAU working hard up the right as she hopes to add a further goal to her side’s tally

46′ Tonga make early inroads into the Fiji half as the second half gets underway

HALF-TIME | TGA 0-2 FIJ

45’+1′ GOAL!! TGA 0-2 FIJ | Luisa TAMANITOAKULA scores to give Fiji a two goal  buffer

44′ AKOLO with a follow up save, then boots the ball upfield and Tonga break

42′ AKOLO sprints off the line to steal the ball with DIRANUVE bearing down

41′ A physical challenge from Sekola WAQANIDROLA on TALASINGA who is muscled off the ball

39′ The free kick is flashed over the cross bar by LIKUCULACULA

38′ VUNIYAYAWA switches play picking out NASAU who is brought down earning a free kick

39′ FIFITA latches onto a through ball but the flag goes up

35′ Tonga put themselves under pressure as poor passing allows LIKUCULACULA to pick up a loose ball

34′ Fiji try and pick out an advancing NASAU but AKOLO comes across to beat her to the ball

33′ A heavy challenge on TAMANITOAKUILA by LUTU sees Fiji earn a free kick in the middle of the Tonga half

31′ Tonga are on the hunt up the left and Sekola WAQANIDROLA has to put the ball out to allow her teammates to get back

30′ GOAL!!! TGA 0-1 FIJ | Cema NASSAU places it just out of AKOLO’s reach from the spot

29′ AKOLO makes a great save but as the defender goes to clear it bounces into her hand and Fiji are awarded a penalty

27′ Referee Ranui PERRY has a quick word with Cecelia NAINIMA after a crunching challenge

25′ DIRANUVE breaks past one defender but MOALA comes across to make the saving tackle

23′ At the other end, AKOLO has to scramble to make the save as LIKUCULACULA looks to put the ball in the net

22′ Another swiftt counter attack from Tonga’s TALASINGA but again Tonga is offside at the pass

20′ Fiji’s Asenaca DIRANUVE and Luisa TAMANITOAKULA putting some pressure on AKOLO but she’s holding strong so far

17′ Tonga win off a Fiji free kick and make a swift counter attack through the middle of the park

15′ A couple of great passes strung together by Tonga but as Siu LATAVAO tries to play Nipa TALASINGA, Fiji intercept

13′ Tonga make a run into the opposition half but are halted by a solid Fiji backline

11′ Mele AKOLO has the far post covered as a shot comes in from Fiji

9′ LUTU puts a ball through looking for Alexandra FIFITA but the striker has wandered offside

7′ Seini LUTU tries to capitalise on a pass across the Fiji defence but can’t quite manage  the steal

6′ NASAU again causing problems up the right but the covering run wide from Fifi MOALA keeps Tonga safe

5′ The powerful NASAU putting the Tonga backline under pressure with well timed runs past the defence

4′ Cema NASAU takes and goes straight for goal but it’s over off the cross bar

3′ A shot from Fiji is saved but now there’s a free kick for the side just off the top of the Tonga box

2′ Offside from Fiji but the free kick from Tonga is brought down by Timaima VUNIYAYAWA

2′ Fiji heading up the right now with a long throw from Mereoni TORA

1′ Underway between Fiji and Tonga with some early pressure from Tonga up the left

Match Officials:
Referee: Rani PERRY (TAH)
Assistant Referee 1:
Maria SALAMASINA (SAM)
Assistant Referee 2:
Regina TEUA (TAH)
Fourth Official:
Morgan ARCHER (NZL)

Tonga during the anthems. OFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2017, Tonga v Fiji, Ngahue Reserve Auckland, Tuesday 11th July 2017. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / www.phototek.nz

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