The Solomon Islands have defended their Oceania Futsal title with an 8-1 win over host nation Fiji in the final at the OFC Championship in Suva tonight.
It was another goal fest for the Solomons who took their over-all tournament ledger to 31 goals scored, seven goals conceded in four matches.
Tournament golden boot leader Micah Lea’alafa sealed his status as the championship’s Golden Boot winner by scoring two goals in the final to take his tournament haul to nine goals, two ahead of nearest rival – and teammate – Jack Wetney who also scored a pair in the final.
And it was Lea’alafa opened the goal scoring account for his team on six minutes with a powerful shot that deflection off of a Fijian defender and bamboozled the unsighted Simione Moce Tamanisau.
On eleven minutes a clever long lofted chip pass from James Egeta found teammate Jenan Kapu unmarked and he side stepped the onrushing Tamanisau and walked the ball into the Fijian net.
Just shy of the quarter hour Elliot Ragomo set-up Wetney for a simple finish after a weaving run down the sideline.
On 17 minutes Tamanisau was able to exact some audacious revenge with a long range chip shot from just outside his own circle that caught his opposite, Solomon’s keeper Alick Lioka, off his line.
But it was a brief respite for Fiji as the Kurukuru continued to soar; Fiji’s sixth foul gave Ragomo the chance to score from an unopposed free kick and he made no mistake and on 19 minutes another foul and free kick saw the Solomons reach 5-1.
The second half didn’t get any easier for Fiji as they lost Aisea Dauivalu Codro to a red card for a deliberate handball inside his defensive circle. James Egeta stepped up to score his first of the match.
Fiji defended with desperate intensity for the remainder of the match but were unable to prevent a further two goals to Wetney and Lea’alafa.
Fiji: 1. Simione Moce TAMANISAU (GK) ; 3. Sandeep NAIR ; 8. Asiea Dauivalu CODRO ; 9. Kamal HASSAN ; 10. Uraia Raimulo LOKI ;
SUBS: 2. Mira SAHIB ; 4. Dinesh Chand MUDALIAR ; 5. Shivam NATHAN; 6. Mohammed SHALMEEN; 11. Christopher Junior KUMAR; 12. Emori RAGATA (GK)
Goal: Simione Moce TAMANISAU 16′
Coach: Imtiaz KHAN (FIJI)
Solomon Islands: 1. Alick LIOKA (GK); 3. Elliot RAGOMO; 7. James EGETA; 9. Micah LEA’ALAFA; 12. Jack WETNEY;
SUBS: 2. Philip HOUTARAU; 4. Jenan KAPU; 6. Moffat SIKWA’AE; 8. Francis LAFAI; 10. Stanley PUAIRANA; 11. Ron GINIO; 22. Paul HUIA (GK)
Goals: Micah LEA’ALAFA 13′, 39′; 4. Jenan KAPU 11′; Jack WETNEY 14′,32; 3. Elliot RAGOMO 14′, 19′; James EGETA 23′;
Coach: Dickson KADAU (SOL)