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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Solomons' Henry Fa'arodo scores one and creates another to help his nine-men Canterbury team thump Auckland FC

Solomon Islands national soccer team striker, Henry Fa'arodo (pictured in red outfit), who is currently playing with the Canterbury United club in New Zealand has scored a goal and created another to ensure a memorable victory for Canterbury over current champions and stylish Auckland City FC yesterday in the New Zealand Football Championships.

It is not often that a side finishes a game with nine men and a 3-0 victory in the bag but it happened at Kiwitea Street yesterday afternoon as Canterbury outplayed a tired looking Auckland side.

Before the game, Canterbury were tagged as the underdog in comparison to the fancy Auckland side particulary after the end of the season hopes last weekend following a loss. However, those odds looked very generous after Henry Fa'arodo opened the scoring for Canterbury in the 8th minute with a sublime strike from the edge of the area into the top corner after a quick counter attack. Nathan Knox put Fa'arodo through on goal with a first time ball and Fa'arodo held off the challenge of Auckland's Paul Seaman to curl his shot into the top right hand corner of the goal to make it 1-0 in favour of Canterbury.

Canterbury dominated the opening quarter and it was no surprise when Blair Scoullar extended their lead to 2-0 in the 25th minute after good work down the right channel by Henry Fa'arodo. Fa'arodo's cross to the far post is pulled back by Nathan Knox and forced home from close range by Scoullar.

Canterbury wrapped up the win in the 87th minute when a terrible mix up in the Auckland defence between Sean Douglas and Greg Uhlmann allowed Blair Scoullar to steal in and put the ball between Richard Gillespie's legs for Canterbury's third.

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