Solomon Islands 0 - 2 Fiji

Fiji have beaten Solomon Islands 2-0 in the opening match of the OFC Men's Olympic Qualifier at Owen Delany Park in Taupo, New Zealand.

Solomon Islands defender Chris Tafoa clears the ball away.
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See below for the play-by-play action.

Starting line-ups:

Solomon Islands: 20. Silas SEDA (GK), 3. Freddie KINI, 6. Michael BOSO, 7. James EGETA, 8. Jeffery BULE (c), 9. Moffat KILIFA, 12. Jerry DONGA, 15. Francis LAFAI, 16. Emmanuel POILA, 17. Coleman MAKAU, 19. Micah LEA'ALAFA
Coach: Luke EROI (SOL)

Fiji: 1. Akuila MATEISUVA, 2. Remueru TEKIATE, 3. Peniame DROVA, 4. Esava NAQELECA (c), 5. Archie WATKINS, 8. Amani VALEBALAVU, 9. Kavaia RAWAQA, 10. Zibraaz SAHIB, 12. Laisenia RAURA, 14. Jone SALAUNEUNE, 15. Misaele DRAUNIBAKA
Coach: Imdad ALI (FIJ)

Referee: Norbert HAUATA (TAH)
Assistant referee 1: Mark RULE (NZL)
Assistant referee 2: Glen LOCHRIE (NZL)
4th official: Kader ZITOUNI (TAH)

The match kicks off

1' Solomon Islands break down the right but James Egeta collects an elbow in the face and play is held up while he receives treatment

2' Egeta has to leave the field to receive further treatment and play continues

3' Egeta returns to the action and appears fit to continue

6' SUBSTITUTION: Francis Lafai picks up what looks to be a bad injury and is replaced by Chris Tafoa for Solomon Islands

10' Kavaia Rawaqa whips a cross over from the left for Fiji but puts too much on it and it sails out for a goal kick

12' Substitute Tafoa tries his luck from distance for Solomon Islands but can't get enough power to beat goalkeeper Akuila Mateisuva

13' Moffat Kilifa has the best chance of the game when he goes round Mateisuva and chips the ball towards goal but it bounces wide

16' The Solomons have started the brighter and are showing some nice touches

17' Kilifa breaks free again and shoots but Mateisuva makes a comfortable save

18' GOAL!!! Fiji 1 - 0 Solomon Islands: Fiji go ahead against the run of play when captain Esava Naqeleca nods home a Misaele Draunibaka corner

21' Zibraaz Sahib hits a volley at the Solomons goal from just outside the box but goalkeeper Silas Seda gathers easily

23' It's Fiji that are enjoying a good spell now as they go looking for a second goal

24' Fiji nearly get that second when Jone Salauneune makes room for shot inside the box but does strike the ball well enough to cause Seda much trouble

30' The match hs settled into an even pattern with both sides seeing plenty of the ball

31' Solomon captain Jeffery Bule goes down injured and play is held up while he receives treatment

32' Bule is well enough to continue and play restarts

34' Mateisuva has to take evasive action to keep out a cross-come-shot from the left from Jerry Donga

42' Kilifa finds space on the left inside the box for Solomon Islands but his touch is heavy and he is under too much pressure to get enough power in his attempt

45' Two minutes of injury time will be played

45' YELLOW CARD: Peniame Drova is cautioned for Fiji

The first half comes to an end

The second half kicks off

47' Fiji have a free kick in a promising position but Seda saves Archie Watkins' powerful strike

52' Laisenia Raura is injured for Fiji and has to leave the field to receive treatment

55' Solomon Islands have started this half well but are yet to create an opportunity

57' Michael Boso tries his luck from long range but the effort is ambitious and bounces harmlessly wide

59' Raura is okay now and cuts onto his left to shoot but can't get enough power to beat Seda

60' SUBSTITUTION: Amani Valebalavu is replaced by Ilimotama Jese for Fiji

65' GOAL!!! Fiji 2 - 0 Solomon Islands: Fiji go further in front when a spectacular long-range effort from Raura comes back off the post and Watkins is on hand to nod the rebound home

68' Coleman Makau strikes a shot from the edge of the area well but its flies just over the Fiji crossbar

69' SUBSTITUTION: Egeta is replaced by Tutizama Tanito for Solomon Islands

74' Remueru Tekiate is injured for Fiji and has to leave the field to receive treatment

76' Tekiate re-joins the action and appears fine

81' Salauneune picks up an injury for Fiji this time and heads off to recover but it back on moments later

82' SUBSTITUTION: Draunibaka is replaced by Samuela Drudru for Fiji

83' SUBSTITUTION: Micah Lea'alafa is replaced by Ian Paia for Solomon Islands

86' Substitute Paia picks up a knock straight after coming on and has to leave the field but is soon back on

88' Subsitute Jese prods the ball goalwards for Fiji but Seda makes a good save

88' SUBSTITUTION: Sahib is replaced by Abbu Zahid Shaheed for Fiji

90' Fiji captain Naqeleca shoots over the Solomon bar

90' YELLOW CARD: Jese is cautioned for Fiji

Four minutes of injury time will be played

The final whistle is blown

Updated On Friday, March 16, 2012
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