Vanuatu avenged Wednesday’s 2-0 loss at Subrail Park to win their first match on tour.
Fiji coach Gurjit Singh said a disastrous first half may have contributed towards the result.
“I think the boys may have been too sure that we were going to win this match. They did not play well in the first half and blunders cost us the goals. I think we need to look forward to the Pacific Games. We missed several key players for this match and they should be back in our next training camp,” Singh said.
The visitors looked sharp from the opening whistle as Yvon August and Robert Tasso scored inside the first quarter to stun Fiji. The national side seemed to be out to sorts for the remaining half.
But a good half time chat by their coach Gurjit Singh saw a changed Fijian side in the second spell as minutes in the new half Alvin Avinesh fired one his trademark pile drivers to pull one back.
Fiji began dominating possession and had numerous attacks on goal with the best chance probably going to midfielder Samuela Kautoga who received a good cross but headed the ball wide.
Despite the limited possession Vanuatu in the end held their lines to deny Fiji a second straight victory.
Saby Natonga, the Vanuatu coach rates their two match tour to Fiji a success.
“I’m very pleased as we have been able to field young players for the two tests. It was not about winning, I have left five experienced players behind just to bring the inexperienced to expose them."
“We changed our tactics today as the ground in Labasa was a bit bumpy and here in Lautoka the pitch was good,” Natonga said.
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Full Time: Vanuatu 2 Fiji 1
Vanuatu Goals: Yvon August 7”; Robert Tasso 21”
Vanuatu Cautions: Alphone Bongaim 50’; Seimata Chillia 71’
Fiji Goal: Alvin Avinesh 46’
Fiji Cautions: Pita Bolaitoga 24’; Peniame Drova 43’; Lorima Dau 51’; Samuela Kautoga 68’
7pm Churchill Park, Lautoka
Fiji: 1. Simione Tamanisau (C ) (GK), 2. Peniame Drova, 3. Lorima Dau, 4. Seveci Rokotakala, 5. Pene Eranio, 6. Samuela Kautoga, 8. Esava Samudere, 11. Roy Krishna, 12. Alvin Avinesh, 10. Kamal Hassan, 15. Pita Bolaitoga (VC)
Reserves: 7. Eran Underwood, 9. Archie Watkins, 14. Epeli Saukuru, 17. Ilaitia Tuilau, 16. Posiano Kalisito, 13. Joseph Mishra, 18. Beniaminio Mateinaqara (GK)
Vanuatu: 2. Alphone Bongaim, 3. Selwin Sese Ala, 4. Rexlen Tarivuti, 5. George Meren Tabe, 7. Jean Robert Yelou (C ), 8. Seimata Chillia, 9. Robert Tasso, 17. Yvon August, 12. Kensi Tangis, 14. Andrew Chichirua, 16. Altred Malas (GK)
Reserves: 1. Ernest Bong (GK), 6. Eddison Stephen, 10. Richard Garae, 13. Michel Kaltak, 18. Rodney Hinge, 20. Rodney Serveox, 19. Rickson Tari
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