Vanuatu yesterday, October 4, had a tough start adjusting to new playing conditions at the OFC Youth Futsal Tournament at Bruce Pulman Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, while trying to hold out New Caledonia but lifted in their second match against Samoa (6-4) and were unlucky not to find the net more than six times throughout the game.
Vanuatu coach Richard Lehi was relieved to get points on the ladder but hopes to see further improvement from his side in todays fixtures.
“Our performance was good today but our finishing was not what we expected. Maybe it was because of the surface – we are used to training on concrete. This is our first game here and we had to adjust to the surface,” he said.
Solomon Islands have wrapped up an exciting day of action with an impressive 6-1 win over New Zealand in their second match of Day 1.
After securing a massive 18-0 win over American Samoa in their earlier match to place them top of the table, Solomon Islands coach Stanley Puairana was overjoyed with the successful start to his aspiring Kurukurus’ campaigns.
“We are all very excited,” he said.
“We still have three days of hard games left so this win was very important for us and for our country as well. So far our boys are doing very well. We’re are all so happy and we’re looking forward to our next games.”