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Our boys played brilliantly-Buzzetti

Fijian wonder boy Roy Krishna was on his best and the Fijian team played with a lot of passion and confidence and which saw captain Roy Krishna after connecting well with Malakai Tiwa cross in the 24th minute beating the Phoenix defender and goalkeeper to put Fiji on the lead.
Just before the half time break Phoenix midfielder Rolieny Bonevacia got equaliser taking the teams to break with scores level.
The second half started with the Fijians firing at the visitor’s defense but superb goalkeeping by Glen Moss denied Fijian strikers Osea Vakatalesau and Roy Krishna to score.
In the 80th minute Thomas Doyle sealed the win for the visitors with his attempt from the left hand edge of the box which went past a stunned and ball-watching Fijian goalie Akuila Mateisuva.
Coach Juan Carlos Buzzetti said his players held their own against their professional opponents and did everything right on the field.
“We played with a lot of determination and my players just made me proud.
“I would say our boys played brilliantly and performed well and the brilliant and professional goal keeping by Glen Moss Denied our boys to score”
They matched Wellington Phoenix in all aspects of the game. All the eleven that started as well as the reserves that went in the second half gave their best for the country and did not lack confidence at all.”
“Fiji played after three years and we trained together for a couple of days yet we gave our best against a team which has players who train and play football every day.
We want to maintain this form and give our best in the second game as well.”
Buzzetti said he will do some changes in their next match which will be played on Tuesday at Govind Park in Ba.
Wellinton Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick said it was a very tough match and we expected Fiji to come all firing. They really played well and gave us a very competitive game.
“Hats off to Carlos Buzzetti and his players.
They kept us busy all evening and we were just lucky to escape,” said Merrick.
“The night belonged to our keeper. It was Glen’s night and he did his best to contain Roy and his team mates.
“Roy was again at his very best and I got to admit that he was very hard to handle.
“He was dangerous every time he had possession and the Fijian midfield and defence functioned so well.”
“We needed a good off-season build up and I am so glad that we chose to come here and play the Fijian team.
“They gave us a tough run for our money and we are surely looking forward to the next game with a lot of enthusiasm and anticipation.
For now we need to rest and recover before another big match against the Fijian national team,” said Merrick.
The second friendly match between Vodafone Fiji and Wellington Phoenix will be played on next Tuesday at Govind Park in Ba at 6pm.

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