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PNG come back with win

Solomon Islands got off to a magical start as Benjamin Totori and Micah Lea’alafa combined to punish Papua New Guinea for a defensive error with the futsal international finishing just 30 seconds after kickoff.
The lead, however, was not enough to give Solomon Islands the confidence they needed because Papua New Guinea came back firing and dominated proceedings in the first half. Almost all the second balls fell to the Papua New Guinea players who seemed to be everywhere on the pitch.
Predictably Papua New Guinea grabbed the equaliser after pushing the Solomon Islands defence to its limits. A poorly struck back pass from Freddie Kini in the 29th minute was not cleared by Phillip Mango under pressure from Michael Foster and Raymond Gunemba finished.
The second half was more even in terms of possession and Solomon Islands threatened to regain control of the game. Gagame Feni took the pitch midway to the second half and was constant pain for the Papua New Guinea defenders but they maintained their composure to deny the home side from scoring any more goals.
At the other end of the pitch an error from Bata Furai late in the match saw Papua New Guinea awarded a penalty which Foster easily tucked away. While the match referee hesitated before making his decision, there was no doubt in the mind of his assistant, Bernard Mutukera, who waved his flag and ran towards the 18 yard box much to the displeasure of some fans.
What the coaches said:
Moses Toata, Solomon Islands
“Our opponents deserved the result today – they worked hard and displayed the desire and determination to win. They had a good game plan that caused issues for us in defence. The second half was better for us but we missed our chances to take the game when we should have.”
“I want to thank Papua New Guinea for these two test matches. They are very important for us to continue to build our teams and improve.”
Flemming Serritslev, Papua New Guinea
“Firstly, I want to thank Solomon Islands and my counterpart Moses Toata for giving us a fair test again today. I also want to thank my team for the result, we came out with a game plan which enabled to control the game in the first half and score against Solomon Islands.”
“The second half we lost our focus and Solomon Islands threatened us. However, overall we played better and are very happy with the result.”

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