The Fiji Men's side
Fiji could have easily slotted in four or five more goals but the slippery, muddy and wet Thomson Park pitch made it difficult for both sides to play constructive football.
Samoa on the other hand playing an international match after a lapse of four years worked tirelessly in defence all afternoon.
Gurjit Singh, the Fiji head coach used a 3-4-3 formation which denied the visitors a passage to attack from.
Samoa had very little possession in the match with Fiji goal keeper Beniaminio Mateinaqara who was given the nod ahead of top goalie Simione Tamanisau was hardly put to the test.
On the brighter side, Singh had the compliment of his 20-member squad as he welcomes Ba reps Malakai Kanihewe, Jone Vesikula, Malakai Tiwa, Alvin Singh, Tuimasi Manuca and Avinesh Waran Suwamy. The test also marked the return of Labasa striker Maciu Dunadamu.
New Zealand based Waitakere striker Roy Krishna from a difficult angle at the edge of the Samoan box slotted in Fiji’s first goal on the 29th minute.
Four minutes later veteran Malakai Kanihewe nodded in one from a corner kick. Fiji led 2-0 at the break and the match was expected to further open up for the Fijians but heavy rain in the second half made things difficult.
Two minutes from the final whistle Lorima Dau scored Fiji’s third goal.
Singh said the two test series is a perfect hit out for the Pacific Games in New Caledonia. He says they will need to polish up on few areas.
“This series will give players more game time and for us to try out different players in various positions before the Pacific Games.
“Players looked well today against Samoa but looking at the ground conditions we could not expect much from them. The ground was in an unplayable conditions and made things difficult,” he said.
“I think Samoa gave us a good game. At the moment my only concern is the finishing. We had lots of opportunities but could not score. We will need to work harder in our finishing,” he said.
Sarai Bareman, the acting chief executive officer for the Football Federation of Samoa applauded her side for the effort.
“I think both teams played well. Conditions made it difficult but I think our sides were competitive,” she said.
The second test will be played on Thursday 4pm at TFL National Stadium in Suva.
Full Time: Fiji Men’s 3 Samoa Men’s 0
Fiji Goals: Roy Krishna 29”; Malakai Kanihewe 33”; Lorima Dau 88”
No Cautions in the match
1pm at Thomson Park, Navua
20. Beniaminio Mateinaqara (GK), 4. Seveci Rokotakala, 5. Pene Erenio, 8. Alvin Singh, 9. Malakai Tiwa, 10. Tuimasi Manuca, 11. Roy Krishna, 12. Alvin Avinesh, 13. Maciu Dunadamu, 14. Taniela Waqa (C), 17. Malakai Kanihewe, 18. Esava Naqeleca
Reserves: 1. Simione Tamanisau (GK ), 2. Avinesh Waran Suwamy, 3. Lorima Dau, 6. Jone Vesikula, 12. Alvin Avinesh, 16. Archie Watkins, 19. Ilaitia Tuilau
22. Horst Petana (GK), 2. Andrew Setefano, 3. Charles Bell (C), 4. Vaalii Faalogo, 5. Jarell Atimalala, 6. Lionel Taylor, 7. Harry Hoeflich, 8. Penitito Tumua, 9. Silao Malo, 13. Too Fereti Gossche, 16. Max Hoeflich
Reserves: 1. Ethan Elisaia, 10. Luki Gossche, 11. Mike Saofaiga, 12. Lene Epa, 14. Albert Bell, 15. Pualele Lemana, 17. Ray Victor, 18. Otto Hoeflich, 19. Ikenasio Gosche, 20. Apisaloma Leiataua, 21. Fauivi Malu