YOUNG FI­JIANS FACE NEW CALE­DO­NIA

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

The Fi­jian Un­der-20 foot­ball side aims to win their sec­ond match against New Cale­do­nia to­mor­row in Port Vila. The Fi­jians lost their open­ing Ocea­nia U20 Cham­pi­onship match to Van­u­atu 0-1 on Satur­day. Coach Yo­gen­dra Dutt said they would need to lift their per­for­mance. “We had our chances but we failed to make it count. “Van­u­atu had one and they scored but we had a few and we didn’t take them,” Dutt said.” In front of a bois­ter­ous home crowd that had steadily built ahead through the day, Van­u­atu and Fiji went toe to toe in a largely even and of­ten phys­i­cal af­fair. Van­u­atu en­joyed some as­cen­dancy in patches of the first half, keep­ing Fi­jian goal­keeper Jovil­isi Borisi busy but still needed a cru­cial save from Wil­lie Dick in the dy­ing stages of the match to se­cure three points. “Fiji’s a good side and phys­i­cally strong but with the way we play, we de­served to win the game,” said Van­u­atu coach Eti­enne Mer­mer.

Mean­while,” Fiji Foot­ball will pro­vide bonus for the side if they fin­ish in the top two.

Fiji FA pres­i­dent Ra­jesh Pa­tel said they will share $30,000 if they lose in the fi­nal and $50, 000 in they win. Fiji play New Cale­do­nia 4pm to­mor­row.

ANASILINI RATUVA

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