By ARNOLD CHANEL
Fiji defeated New Caledonia 2-0 to win its second match of the OFC under 20 World Cup qualifiers at the ANZ Stadium in Suva last night (May 25).
Fiji applied a lot of pressure early through Saula Waqa and Samuela Nabenia, both from Ba, but failed to score past New Cal keeper Yoran Waima.
It was a very physical game with Vanuatu referee, Robinson Banga, handing out five yellow cards. The sides went into the breather 0-0 despite both having multiple chances to go ahead.
Fiji came out firing in the second half and it took only two minutes for them to go up as the Ba combination went to work.
Saula Waqa headed into Samuela Nabenia’s path in the 47th minute as the brother of Malakai Tiwa volleyed home beautifully.
The deadly Waqa-Nabenia combination wreaked havoc once again as the New Caledonian defense was caught out by some great passing which saw Waqa through on goal.
He was brought down however and the referee did not hesitate to award Fiji a penalty in the 65th minute.
Antonio Tuivuna stepped up to the spot and made no mistake as Fiji went up by 2-0.
Fiji is in a great spot to qualify as the other two games ended in a draw and have six points from two games, and a goal difference of +6.