SEMIFINALISTS FOUND IN SAMOA

SEMIFINALISTS FOUND IN SAMOA
OFC Saturday, 1st April 2006

The four semifinalists have been found at the 2006 OFC U-20 Championships in Samoa with a round of group matches to spare.

Hosts Samoa sealed their qualification with a 3-0 win over New Caledonia at the Toleafoa JS Blatter Football Fields in Apia on Saturday (local time).

Striker Suitapa Tafata sent the vocal local crowd into raptures with a hat-trick.

Samoa will play Papua New Guinea on Tuesday to decide who tops group B after PNG demolished Fiji 6-1 on Saturday.

Striker Zeena Limbai was PNG's heroine with four goals while Bridget Nakas and Daisy Winas were also on target.

Tonga eased into the final four with a 2-1 win over the Solomon Islands thanks to Penateti Feke 39th and 65th minute double.

Vanessa Inifiri equalised for the Solomons in the 61st minute but Feke ensured Tonga the mantle of tournament upstarts with her winner just four minutes later.

Tonga now play New Zealand on Monday to determine the group A winner.

New Zealand waltz into the semifinals with an 11-0 thumping of Vanuatu. Vanuatu battled bravely for half an hour before defender Abby Erceg opened the floodgates with a powerful header.

Kiwi captain Kirsty Yallop scored a second half hat-trick while halftime substitute Helen Collins added a double, her first coming just 48 seconds after the restart.

Sarah Gregorius, Ria Percival, Hannah Bromley, Renee Leota and Ali Riley completed the scoring for New Zealand who will enter Monday's group A deciding clash buoyed by a recent 16-0 warmup win over Tonga.

Group A -

New Zealand 11 (Abby Erceg 30, Sarah Gregorius 39, Ria Percival 41, Hannah Bromley 42, Renee Leota 43, Kirsty Yallop 50, 57, 83, Helen Collins 46, 59, Ali Riley 60) Vanuatu 0. Halftime: 5-0.

Tonga 2 (Penateti Feke 39, 65) Solomon Islands 1 (Vanessa Inifiri 61). Halftime 1-0.

Group B -

Papua New Guinea 6 (Zeena Limbai 11, 18, 63, 66, Bridget Nakas 12, Daisy Winas 32) Fiji 1 (Savaira Ratu 83). Halftime: 4-0.

Samoa 3 (Suitapa Tafafa 3) New Caledonia 0. Halftime: 2-0.

Group A P W D L GF GA PTS
NZ 2 2 0 0 15 0 6
Tonga 2 2 0 0 6 2 6
Solomon 2 0 0 2 1 6 0
Vanuatu 2 0 0 2 1 15 0

Group B P W D L GF GA PTS
PNG 2 2 0 0 9 1 6
Samoa 2 2 0 0 6 0 6
Fiji 2 0 0 2 1 9 0
New Cal 2 0 0 2 0 6 0


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