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Fiji U-17 side secures first win

#Northland Tailevu rep Simeli Batiratu scored a hat trick in the 5-0 victory over the Cook Islands in the Group A fixture.#Batiratu scored one in the first half and two in the second.#He scored his first in the 24th minute, followed up with his second in the 59th minute and the third in the 77th minute.#`#Muni Reddy scored Fiji’s second in the 37th minute and France Catarogo, who came in as a sub for Batiratu, also scored in the win in the 90th minute.#Vodafone Fiji side lost 6-0 to New Zealand, drew 1-1 with Papua New Guinea and lost 5-1 to New Caledonia.#Fiji plays Samoa in their final game on Wednesday at 2.30pm.#Meanwhile New Zealand won 5-4 against New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea beat Samoa 5-0.# #Fiji Team# 1. Biuvanua JOELA [GK], 2. Manumanubai ARAMI, 3. Shalit REDDY, 4. Mkeimi RALULU, 6. Adeel ALI, 7. Fazeem KHAN (C), 8. Shamron PRASAD, 10. Kartik KUMAR, 11. Simeli BATIRATU, 14. Afraz ALI, 18. Savneel DEO#Substitutes: 5. Shoel KHAN, 9. Patrick JOSEPH, 12. Amena BOLAITAMANA, 13. Alvish NAIDU, 15. France CATAROGO, 16. Lino ROSERU, 17. Timoci DOVI, 19. Rusiate QIO, 20. Waisake RAVUIWASA [GK]#Cook Islands: 1. Chrismagne ELIKANA [GK], 5. Rouru RAIROA, 6. Owenne MATAPO, 7. Will NAPA, 9. Tamaiva MATEARIKI, 10. Sunai JOSEPH, 14. Sam KOIATU, 15. Daniel TAOKIA, 16. Michael WOOD, 18. Maru MIRO, 19/20. Atera MAROROA [RGK]#Substitutes: 2. Melbourne MATAKINO, 3. Rechimaer RAIROA, 8. Varu VARU, 11. Peter PUREAU, 12. Sam TATUAVA, 13. Kristian YOUNG, 17. Albert TARU#Match Officials:#Referee: Nelson SOGO [SOL]#Assistant Referee 1: Lemusa ALATASI [ASA]#Assistant Referee 2: Douglas METE [SOL]#4th Official: Kader ZITOUNI [TAH]#Live Update#FULL TIME#90′ GOAL!!! FIJ 5-0 COK CATAROGO gets on the board when he puts away off a set up from Afraz ALI#90′ Fiji appear in control as they come back to work forward#87′ SUB FIJ BATIRATU is replaced by France CATAROGO#86′ Shot from Sunai JOSEPH but the surface does him no favours#85′ SUB COK Rechimaer RAIROA comes on in place of Rouruina MARIRI for Cook Islands#83′ SUB FIJ Kartik KUMAR is replaced by Shoel KHAN#81′ SAVE! ELIKANA with a great save at close range in a 1v1 with Afraz ALI#80′ ELIKANA with a tidy save off the foot of BATIRATU#79′ Cook Islands goal kick is put out by Fiji for a throw#77′ GOAL!!! FIJ 4-0 COK Simeli BATIRATU with his hat-trick as Fiji extend the lead#76′ Great send from WOOD but everyone, including a diving Joela BIUVANUA misses#75′ Fiji double team tackle on Sunai Joseph earns Cook Islands a free kick#73′ SUB FIJ Muni REDDY makes room for Patrick JOSEPH#72′ SUB COK Daniel TAOKIA is replaced by Kristian YOUNG#71′ Michael WOOD with the intercept as Fiji look to break#69′ Fazeem KHAN with a perfect cross for a waiting BATIRATU who swings and misses#67′ Arami MANUMANUBAI sends a corner in but it’s out at the back post#65′ Sunai JOSEPH behind the free kick for Cook Islands, plays short to KOIATU but they can’t quite pull the set puiece off#63′ BATIRATU strangely tackles his own man taking him out but Fiji at least still have possession#60′ SUB COK Atera MAROROA is replaced by Samuel TATUAVA#59′ GOAL!!! FIJ 3-0 COK BATIRATU with his second for Fiji#54′ KOIATU attempts a cross but it’s blocked by Akeimi MATEIWAI#52′ Shot from Fazeem KHAN but on this surface he can’t keep it down and sends well over the target#51′ Fiji advance but Cook Islands muscle them into touch for a free kick#49′ Cook Islands send upfield via ELIKANA but the lofty REDDY brings it down ahead of the Cook Islands#47′ A Fiji defender has gone down heard and needs treatment#46′ The second half resumes with a Cook Islands kick off#HALF TIME#One minute additional time#44′ Afraz ALI sends KHAN, who tussles for the ball with Atera MAROROA and earns a free kick#43′ The skies have broken here in Samoa and the wet weather is making conditions on the pitch rather slippy#41′ Excellent cross from KHAN but REDDY unaware and misses the chance to finish#40′ Fiji shoot just wide of the target and Cook Islands have a free kick#37′ GOAL!!! FIJ 2-0 COK Muni REDDY with a decent finish at the far post to beat past a diving ELIKANA#35′ Muni REDDY gets under MATAPO as he leaps for a header and concedes a free kick#34′ Cook Islands throw in#32′ Excellent ball from Owen MATAPO on for Samuel KOIATU, he smashes it goalwards but it goes just over#30′ Sunai JOSEPH flicks on to MARIRI but he can’t take it cleanly#28′ Fiji have a free kick 20m off the edge of the Cook Islands box#24′ GOAL!!! FIJ 1-0 COK BATIRATU finally finds the back of the net for Fiji#20′ Cook Islands lose possession and Fiji counter quickly#19′ Fazeem KHAN on goal, he plays across for BATIRATU but it’s over his head#17′ Fiji corner but Cook Islands keep them locked out#16′ Sunai JOSEPH gets a good run of play started for Cook Islands#14′ BATIRATU gets on the end of a defence splitter but the flag goes up#11′ Free kick for Cook Islands sent well into the box, pops out to Rouruina MARIRI but he uses the outside of his foot and curls away from an empty goal#9′ Chrismagne ELIKANA boots into the stands as BATIRATU bears down on his goal#7′ Fiji with plenty of pressure but Cook Islands proving up to the challenge so far#4′ Fiji pressing in the Cook Islands half, can’t get a decent finish off though#1′ Kartik KUMAR with a cross for Fiji but Simeli BATIRATU doesn’t come close to connecting#UNDERWAY! Fiji taking on Cook Islands#

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