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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Solomon Bilikiki secures grand-final berth with Vanuatu in Beach Soccer

The Solomon Islands Bilikiki team have all but cemented their place in the OFC Beach Soccer Championship final against neighbours Vanuatu, with an 11-2 win over Fiji in their day three match at Temae Beach, Moorea Island, Tahiti.

The hiding started when Gideon Omokirio opened scoring with a double strike inside the first minute.

James Naka added the Solomons third midway through the period and that was closely followed by Franco Nee scoring their fourth.

Naka then scored his second and third goals to complete his hat-trick and put the Biliki Boys ahead by six goal at the end of first period.

Nicholas Muri Makaa scored their seventh early in the second period, a further two Solomons goals followed before Fiji finally got one back through an excellent long range strike from Alvin Avinesh.

Fiji dug deep to hold the Solomons to just two goals in the final period and Avinesh added his second to cap off a strong individual performance.

Naka scored added another tripple to take his haul to six for the match, afterwards he acknowledged his team alway plays better under pressure.

"I don't really know why we always lose our first game to Vanuatu at the Beach Soccer qualifiers, maybe maybe it is a (mental) thing... But we also also always go on to win the final, one hundred percent success, so we still have a lot of confidence."

And Naka had an ominous prediction regarding his teams' level of play.

"Now we are building up and getting better each game and I think we are now playing our normal game, and I think we can still improve our level for the final."

Meanwhile in the other match of day three, Vanuatu managed to beat hosts Tahiti to solidify their lead on the ladder and confirming a grand-finale with Solomon Bilikiki.

Source: OFC

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