Group B: Match 5 - Vanuatu all class in 11-0 win

AUCKLAND: After being stifled by Tonga in their first outing, Vanuatu made amends with an emphatic 11-0 victory over the Cook Islands in round three action last night at North Harbour Stadium.

Despite being guilty of making the odd stray pass and not being more clinical with their finishing, it was marked improvement from their previous match and an ominous sign that Vanuatu was starting to hit their straps heading into the business end of the 2004 OFC Men's Olympic Qualifiers.

Cook Islands did not show the same enthusiasm as they did against New Zealand and while they competed gamely for possession and were alert on defence for the best part of the first half, the quality of players such as Vanuatu's Jean Maleb proved too much.

The youngster scored the first goal of the match after finishing off a deftly placed cross from the impressive Fedy Vava in the 5th minute. He went on to record his second consecutive hat-trick of goals, all scored in the first half, before being subbed off in the 57th minute just moments after being shown a yellow card by referee Leone Rakaroi of Fiji.

This would have been mild relief for the Cooks who struggled to contain the strongly built Maleb, who came close to scoring on at least three other occasions hitting the framework several times. Dimitri Yakeula scored Vanuatu's other goal in the first half as the teams went into the break with Vanuatu ahead 4-0.

Vanuatu were relentless in the second half, coming close on many occasions and scoring goals through Lorry Thompsen and Isaac Kepa before the avalanche of five goals in ten minutes at the end finished off the Cooks.

The quality of the goals and the flair of the passing, especially the combination between the front men were well appreciated by the spectators on hand who appropriately clapped the Vanuatu team off the field.


Match 5: Cook Islands vs Vanuatu / Statistical Review

Full-time score: 0-11 (Vanuatu)
Half-time score: 0-4 (Vanuatu)

Date/Time: Sunday, 18 January - 5:00pm (NZT)

Scorers: Vanuatu - (11) Jean Maleb 5', 30', 42'; (5) Dimitri Yakeula 23', 86' ; (13) Lorry Thompsen 54', 79' ; (14) Isaac Kapi 68' ; (18) Roger Joe 84' ; (7) Fedy Vava 89' ; og (15) Tereapii Angene 90

Cautions: Vanuatu - (11) Jean Maleb 57'; (4) Geoffrey Lego Lete 88
Expulsions: none

Weather: fine, cool
Crowd attendance: 250

Match Officials:
Referee: Leone Rakaroi (Fiji)
Assistant Referee 1: Collin Auvele (Samoa)
Assistant Referee 2: Neil Poloso (Solomon Islands)
Fourth Official: Gidas Bayung (PNG)

Match Commissioner: Madiu Andrew (PNG)
Referee Inspector: Ken Wallace (New Zealand)

Team Line-ups (& Substitutes)

COOK ISLANDS
1 Romeo VAINE KEU (GK)
3 Roururoroa UNE
4 Ngatokotoru ORII MINGI
5 Paul - Luiz VAN EIJK
7 Christian Moerai TAUIRA
8 Eugenie TATUAVA
12 Samuel SHEPHERD (-32)
13 David Norman ANGENE
14 Henry John MUNRO (-86')
16 Teariki MATEARIKI (-85')
17 Victor SAMUEL
Subs:
2 Tereroa MATAIO
6 Anonga Nardu TISAM
9 Teatu-R. ROURU PUTERE (+85')
10 James Thomas VARNEY
11 Michael Charles VARNEY
15 Tereapii ANGENE (+86')
18 Campbell John BEST (+32)
19 Tuka TISAM
20 Taranivao Taikava TEKEU

Coach: Jimmy Katoa

VANUATU
1. John Presley Garae (GK)
4. Geoffrey Lego Gete
5. Dimitri Yakeula
6. Tom Charlie (-72')
7. Fedy Vava
10. Rick Mahe
11. Jean Maleb (-57')
13. Lorry Thompsen
15. Pita Maki (-42')
16. Daniel Alick (c)
18. Roger Joe
Subs:
2. Willy Dick (+72')
3. Manley Junior Tabe
8. Ali Silas Silas (+42')
9. Jean Christophe Massing
12. Waren Waiwai
14. Isaac Kapi (+57')
17. Alphose Qorig
19. Jean Robert Yelou
20. Charly Kalsanei

Coach: Juan Carlos Buzzetti


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