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Super sub Soromon saves Vanuatu from embarrassment

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Pacific Mini Games day one of the men’s football competition kicked off over the weekend with Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands coming out with a win.

Fiji started the day thrashing much improved Tuvalu side 8-0.

The second match saw Solomon Islands eventually coming out to beat Tonga, 8-0.

The last match of the day hosts Vanuatu took on the New Caledonia side.

It took 32 minutes for the home side to finally break the dead lock, when Bong Kalo found space and drove the ball into the box to find Alex Saniel’s head, to make it 1-0.

After the break New Caledonia got back into the game, when Vanuatu keeper Chikau Mansale forced a save, but the rebound went straight to the New Caledonia forward, who prods the ball home to equalize.

In the 91st minute, Vanuatu coach, Etienne Mermer, took Tony Kaltak out of the field and replaced him with Azariah Soromon.

Soromon got hold of a Bong Kalo offload and calmly slotted it into the net to seal the 2-1 victory for Vanuatu.