Fiji beats Samoa 6-0
From there the floodgates opened with two further goals in less than five minutes to striker Osea Vakataleau, a national U-20 representative and Sheikar Prakashi.
The focussed Samoan players then began to wilt looking down the barrel of a 0-3 scoreline with the second half barely underway.
Fiji put the game beyond doubt with three more goals in the last twenty minutes. The Fiji team will breathe a sigh of relief after getting through the match with a good win after its shock loss to New Caledonia in the first round. The seven goal margin will also go a long way towards their hopes of advancing to the playoffs should New Caledonia drop their remaining game against Samoa.
Samoan coach David Brand was naturally distraught afterwards:
At 0-0 at half time with the boys defending well and Fiji dominating but struggling to create opportunities, I was quite pleased and looking to continue this way. But three goals in four minutes immediately after half time and we are dead and buried," he said.
We lost concentration and fell apart. Injuries before and during the game didn't help, but again no excuses. Fiji was just too good in all departments and we struggled mentally and physically. This once again highlights the work to be done in Samoa.
Brand added: "For the rest of the tournament we must continue to work on what we do and now play for pride. The major problem for me is both team and individual discipline and concentration. All I hope now is that the boys learn from the experience and return home better players.
Samoa next plays American Samoa in a match that should attract a big crowd for the home team against their neighbours.
Photo: Fiji team out to make amends for their first round loss to New Caledonia
Last Modified on 20/02/2003 08:55