Australia all class in 14-0 win over Tonga

OFC release - Australia was in a class of its own, defying the wet and slippery conditions on offer at Maroochydore Soccer Centre to completely overwhelm Tonga by 14 unanswered goals.
Having already won Group B, last night's display was a dress rehearsal for the final playoff starting 28 February.
The young Aussies navigated the conditions well and did not seem to perturbed by the weather unlike the two sides that struggled in the earlier match.
The goal-fest was in complete contrast to the first match of the evening between New Zealand and the Solomon Islands which ended in a nil all draw.
Had it not been for an outstanding display of goalkeeping by Tonga's Ataisi Tukimaka, the margin of victory would have been much greater.
Indeed the Tongans did well to not let the score run away in the second half after the Australians had amassed nine goals at the break.
Richie Carlos Cardozzo was the star attraction with a mighty six goal haul in the first half. Before the match he was sitting on five goals for the tournament, just one behind the top goal scorer of the 2003 OFC U-17 Qualifying Tournament, Osea Vakatalesau of Fiji, who tallied six goals over in Group A which finished last Saturday in American Samoa.
Cardozzo took his tournament tally to eleven goals to become the tournament's top goal scorer, though this came with an extra game compared to Vakatalesau. The other positive aspect of the contest was no bookings. The rain continues to pour on and off tonight restricting the crowd attendance. Vanuatu currently leads Tahiti 2-1 in the last match of the night, and in Group B.


2003 OFC U-17 QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT
GROUP B (MATCH 14): Australia vs Tonga
KICK-OFF TIME: 4:00pm
VENUE: Maroochydore Soccer Centre, Sunshine Coast

HALF-TIME SCORE - 9-0 Australia
FULL-TIME SCORE - 14-0 Australia

CAUTIONS - none
EXPULSIONS - none

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

MATCH OFFICIALS - Referee: Neil Fox (New Zealand), Assistant Referee 1: Dhirendra Kewal (Fiji), Assistant Referee 2: Sam Hunt (Samoa), Fourth Official: Charles Ariiotima (Tahiti)


TEAM LISTS (goal-scorers, subs):

Australia:
3. NIGEL BOOGAARD (sub Jacob Timpano 45'), 6. EVANGELOS KARAVITIS (goal 52'), 7. YIANNI SARRIS, 8. ADRIAN LEIJER, 10. ADAM MICHAEL CASEY (goal 72'), 12. KRISTIAN RONALD SARKIES (goal 39') (sub Angelo Martino 45'), 15. RICHARD CARLOS CARDOZO (goal 1', 6', 28', 36', 41', 43'), 16. MATTHEW DEEGAN (sub Matt Hilton 68'), 18. MARIO ANDRES APARICIO, 19. DANE ADAM RICHARDSON (goal 11', 37'), 20. OLIVER TOTANI (goal 65')


SUBS - 1. NATHAN JAMES HUGHES, 2. JACOB LUIGI TIMPANO, 4. KEEGAN BRADY WOLFENDEN, 5. BENJAMIN PHILLIP GRIFFIN, 9. ERIC ENDEL PAARTALU, 13. TIMOTHY JAMES SMITS, 14. MATT CHRISTOPHER HILTON (goal 75'), 17. ANGELO MARTINO (goal 89'), COACH - Ange Postecoglou


TEAM LISTS (goal-scorers, subs):

Tonga:
1. SIAOSI LATUILA (sub Ataisi Taufa 32'), 2. MAIKOLO UHATAHI, 3. KANITIOLA LUI, 4. SIONE PAHULU, 5. OFA KOLOMATANE, 8. TEVITA TAUNAHOLO, 10. LISIATE KOANETI, 11. PIO PALU, 15. SAMISONI TUPOU (sub Samisoni Maasi 68'), 16. KITIONE ULASILAA, 17. ETUNUI MAILE (sub Manu Tuifua 76')

SUBS - 7. PENI PAU, 12. HIVA KAIVELATA, 13. MANU TUIFUA, 14. AMIPELIASI MAFI, 18. SAMISONI MAASI, 20. ATAISI TUKIMAKA
COACH - Uame Tolutau


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