PNG win boosts confidence


PAPUA New Guinea bounced back from their opening 5-0 loss to hosts Solomon Islands at the Oceania Football Confederation Under-16 Championship to thrash Vanuatu by the same score at Lawson Tama Stadium yesterday.
After a nervous start coach Anthony Pakakota’s side quickly found their rhythm and started applying the blow torch on the Vanuatu defence.
It took just seven minutes for PNG to find the crack in the Vanuatu line as Siegfried Beschel latched onto a long ball over the backline and fired it past goalkeeper Brendon Tankon to open the scoring.
Ten minutes later PNG added a second as Renagi Ila got the final touch to score from a corner.
Vanuatu came out of the sheds much stronger than they’d appeared in the first half, playing with more purpose but they were unable to threaten PNG’s Andrew Baniau Jr at the goal mouth.
The third goal came from just three passes after PNG won possession, played a pass through midfield before popping it on to Morris Devi who fired past Tankon.
Jason Wadunah added the fourth with a powerful shot from just outside the box into the top right corner, before Beschel made it five with a scooped shot into the top of the net.
Coach Pakakota said he did not make any changes to his starting side from game one as he tried to rebuild his side’s confidence after their crushing opening defeat.
“Their confidence was really dented from the first game and we worked on getting their self-confidence back up,” Pakakota said.
“We wanted to recover quicker on defence and go forward at pace.
“We came here to win this game, we fixed up all the errors that we had in the first game and wanted badly to win this to give us a fighting chance in our final game against New Zealand.”
In the other match, Solomon Islands shocked New Zealand 5-0.

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