Solomon Kurukuru strike eleven against Fiji as they dominate the OFC Futsal qualifiers in Suva
It was a match of two contrasting styles, Solomon’s preferring the silky smooth passing and dribbling while Fiji looked for the direct route and tried to out muscle their opponents.
It was the most exhilarating match of the tournament and the packed crowd of 2,500 were witness to a match fuelled on adrenaline that saw both teams heading into the halftime break locked at 4-4.
The Solomon Islands regained their lead twenty seconds into the second half when fan favourite Elliot Ragomo found the back of the net after a skilful run.
The Solomon’s quickly piled on another three goals before Fiji could reply and the score quickly escalated to 11-6 and sent the crowd into overdrive.
Goals for Solomon were scored by Micah Lea’alafa (4), James Egata (2), Francis Lafai, Elliot Ragomo (2); Jack Wetney and Jenan Kapu.
Kamal Hassan scored a hatrick for Fiji alongside two goals from Mira Sahib and one from Alvin Avinesh.
Solomon Island Coach Victor Wai’ia was elated with the result and was happy with the discipline his side showed.
“We sticked to the game plan today and everyone was very committed. The crowd support gives our players such a boost and helps them out so much.”
“I encourage them to entertain the crowd but also remind them that they have to concerntarte for the full duration of the match.
“There are some defensive areas we still need to work on, but tonight I am happy, so far so good.”