Solomon Islands hold NZ to scoreless draw

OFC release - New Zealand and the Solomon Islands battled to a dour 0-0 draw with both sides struggling in the slippery conditions at Maroochydore Soccer Centre caused by rain all of yesterday and the night previous.
It was a disappointing end to the 2003 OFC U-17 Qualifying Tournament for both teams with a smallish crowd of around 250 missing out on what many anticipated would be an open encounter, both teams having nothing to lose except pride and second place in Group B.
New Zealand were perhaps the more successful of the two teams in coming to terms with the conditions but the Solomon's players were resolute and just as determined. Despite the obvious frustrations shown by players on both sides due to the lack of flow caused by the conditions, the match did not deteriorate thankfully into an ill-mannered contest.
The match was a physical contest but only one yellow card was dished out the whole game, to New Zealand's Michael White for charging into a Solomon Islands player. Ironically, that was the first caution in the entire tournament for the kiwis and they were subsequently awarded the Fair play trophy for their impeccable disciplinary record and for playing in the spirit of the game.
Australia has already won Group B after beating New Zealand 3-1 last Saturday.


2003 OFC U-17 QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT
GROUP B (MATCH 13): Solomon Islands vs New Zealand
KICK-OFF TIME: 2:00pm
VENUE: Maroochydore Soccer Centre, Sunshine Coast

HALF-TIME SCORE - 0-0
FULL-TIME SCORE - 0-0

CAUTIONS - # 13 Michael White (NZ) 68'
EXPULSIONS - none

WEATHER/CROWD - rain, humid - crowd: approx 250+

MATCH OFFICIALS - Referee: Intaz Shah (Fiji), Assistant Referee 1: Paul Elridge (Australia), Assistant Referee 2: Teariki Goodwin (Cook Islands), Fourth Official: Charles Ariiotima (Tahiti)


TEAM LISTS (goal-scorers, subs):

Solomon Islands:
3. HOLLAND SILEKESA, 4. RICHARD ANISUA, 5. TIMOTHY JOE, 6. NELSON SALE KILIFA, 7. DAVID RAMOAEA, 9.TINONI RATU, 10. JEFFERY HOROINIMA (sub Ian Ngahugari 78'), 12. AUGUSTINE ANISI (sub Ivan Ngahugari 67'), 13. EARL HONITALO (sub Stanley Kaliuae 45'), 14. BENJAMIN TOTORI, 20. MICHAEL MAENU

SUBS - 1. JOHN MORGAN ANGA, 2. IROMEA SUIOMEA, 8. STANLEY SIU KALIUAE, 15. LESLIE HAIKAI, 17. IAN NGAHUGARI, 18. ROYAL EPA, 19. IVAN NGAHUGARI
COACH - George Cowie


New Zealand:
1. AIDAN KENEALY, 3. JASPER SAM, 4. OLD STEVEN, 6. TINKLER COLE, 7. SCOTT JESSE, 8. KHAN ANEES (sub Cory Hitchen 67'), 9. HAYNE JASON, 11. MATHEWS SAMUEL (sub Kris Bright 60'), 13. WHITE MICHAEL, 14. BRODERSON RICKY (sub Jason Beetson 78'), 20. WHEELER CROYDEN

SUBS - 2. BARTLETT MARK, 5. PELTER JACK, 10. QUANSAH PRINCE, 12. BRIGHT KRIS, 15. BEESTON JASON, 16. SNOWDEN MITCHELL, 17. HITCHEN CORY, 18. HENDERSON CRAIG, 19. CAMPBELL CHRIS
COACH - Ricki Herbert


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