Vanuatu went down 2 goals to 1 in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) U-19 quarterfinals at the HFC Bank stadium in Suva, Fiji, on Sunday.
The Cook Islands took the lead, 20 minutes into game time through a free kick which saw the ball bounce and slipped past the goalkeeper’s shoulder.
The U-19 team created a lot of goal opportunities and great attacks in the first half to secure their lead however no right touch was enough to put the ball into the net.
31 minutes into game time, Vanuatu’s midfield attack, Elina Aruvuha chased a high ball, passing Cook Island defenders, and heading the ball over the Cook Islands goalkeeper, to find the equalizer.
Vanuatu’s captains, Angelina Poida and Valerie Viralolokwai had few goal shots attempts to put their name on the score sheet however, could not divert the opportunities into goals in the first 45 minutes.
In the second half, Vanuatu strengthened its attack strategies and was determined to grab a second goal but was not able to find the right touches to take the lead.
The Cook Islands found its winning goal through a corner kick in the 65th minute through a header, sliding into the net.
Vanuatu showed determination to grab an equalizer but the Cook Islands tightened up its defense wall to clear out the distractions by Vanuatu’s distance shots and wide crosses until the final whistle.
SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST