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Friday, July 13, 2007

Solomons' national soccer side beats PNG 2-1

Solomon Islands humbled the visiting PNG national side 2-1 in an action-packed match at Lawson Tama this afternoon.

Goals from Abraham Iniga in the first half and Alick Maemae in the second half was enough to separate the two teams as PNG canceled out Iniga's goal when match restarted in the second half.

Influential midfielder George Lui beat his marker and sent a neat ball over PNG goalkeeper David Aua to an unmarked Iniga who nodded tha ball in much to the delight of hundreds of soccer fans who converged at Lawson Tama.

However, Solomons celebrations was shortlived as PNG bounced back through Reginald Davani whose free-kick hit the far post before it rolled in to cancel out Iniga's goal. That goal ignited PNG into action.

Solomon's Airton Andrioli made replacements pulling out George Aba and replacing him with Gideon Omokirio. He also sent in Jack Samani for Tinoni Ratu and Godwin Bebeu for Judd Molea.

Bebeu immediately made impact and his shot which deflected off PNG's goalkeeper Aua, fell into Maemae's path who tapped it in for Solomons second goal.

Bebeu twice had one-on-one chance but Aua stood his ground well and denied the young and upcoming striker from scoring. PNG also fumbled their chances and in the end had to accept another defeat but this time on Solomon's soil.

Source: SIFF

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