PNG hit Solomons for six in opener of OFC womens qualifier in Lae
In what is stamped as a proof of the "under-dog" tag that Solomon Islands carry, chances of keeping the scoreline intact was further tarnished with an own goal by Audrey Galo and a missed penalty from skipper Diane Justus.
During the match Papua New Guinea bombarded the Solomons goalmouth with a series of telling crosses that left the overworked Solomon Islands defence struggling to cope.
For the Solomon Islands defender Brenda Masae turned in a combative performance alongside fellow stopper Audry Jack but the lack of a proper preparation programme told on the team as the game progressed. Prudence Fula scored for the Solomon Islands to give her team some hope to bring the scoreline to 2-1 in favour of PNG, but an own goal from Audry Galo within seconds of the restart deflated the Solomons. Solomon Islands afternoon of woe was compounded when skipper Diane Justus slammed a penalty wide late in the second half.
Meanwhile, Solomon Islands coach Noel Wagapu was philosophical in defeat by admiting that the tournament is a big learning curve for his team. He also added that the Solomons team has had to struggle against a range of obstacles - the conditions, inadequate preparation and the recent tsunami.
Today is a rest day and Solomons second game will be tomorrow against the fiery New Zealanders who have also hammared a 6-1 scoreline against a hapless Tonga side in yesterday's first match.