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Katukatus set up meeting with Vanuatu

They claim second place in Group B after defeating the Cook Islands 4 – 1 this afternoon in their final group game of the championship ahead of rivals New Caledonia but behind Tahiti.
Cook Islands put on a strong show against the Katukatus and kept their nerves shaking throughout the first half before allowing them to take control in the second half.
Solo Kuki opened scoring in the 24th minute with an effort from outside the 18 yard box but Cook Islands replied in kind at the stroke of half time to draw level with the much more fancied Solomon Islands side.
The half time session with coach Chris Asipara must have worked as the Katukatus came back in to score 3 unanswered goals to seal the win.
Defender Junior Albert struck in the 54th minute before Alex Waimora made his contribution just 9 minutes later.
The final goal came from captain, Dickson Bua, bringing the score line to 4 – 1 with a lovely effort with 15 minutes left on the clock.
Asipara admitted at the end of the game that the win had to be earned against a well organised Cook Islands pack.
“We had a problem at the beginning because Cook Islands were well-organised and they made it hard for us,” he says. “Our passing was not very accurate and we will need to make a lot less mistakes against Vanuatu because they are a good team.”
Tahiti sits atop in the Group B leader and will take on New Zealand in the grand final match with the ticket to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico up for grabs.
Solomon Islands follow Tahiti, while New Caledonia leads Cook Islands and Tonga.
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Match Officials:
Referee: Mike HESTER (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Tevita MAKASINI (TGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Glen LOCHRIE (NZL)
4th Official: Robinson BANGA (VAN)
Cook Islands (COK): [ 1] Rangi PIRI (GK); [ 2] Michael MURARE; [ 3] Ant SAMUELA (C); [ 5] Travel KAUKURA; [ 6] Tamaiva SMITH; [ 7] Mii PUTAI; [ 8] Temana PENNYCOOK; [ 9] Marcelo RAIROA; [10] Twin TIRO; [11] Tyrell BARRINGER-TAHIRI; [13] Jamian IROA Substitutes: [20] Eric KATOA (GK); [ 4] Gifford NHATOKORUA; [12] Irangi MAURI; [14] Mike MOUAURI; [15] Luke TUKAROA; [16] Arama BISHOP; [17] Marcus TORU; [18] Daniel NICOL
Coach: Tuka TISAM (COK)
Solomon Islands (SOL): [20] Jerry MISIMAKE (GK); [ 2] Fred BALA; [ 4] Rickson UVI; [ 5] Junior ALBERT; [ 6] Jimmy RARAMANE; [ 8] Dickson BUA (C); [ 9] Gabriel BOSI; [11] John BITIAI; [15] Solo KUKI; [16] Alex WAIMORA; [18] George LADOGA Substitutes: [ 1] Phillip MANGO (GK); [ 3] Benjamin POLU; [ 7] Clarence BONSLEY; [10] Harrison MALA; [12] Fredrick DOLA; [13] Oswin BWAGI; [14] Eric MASON; [17] Atana FA’ARODO; [19] Maeron FA’ARODO
Coach: Chris ASIPARA
Goals: 15-Solo KUKI (SOL) 24′,63′, 6-Tamaiva SMITH (COK) 45′, 5-Junior ALBERT (SOL) 53′, 8-Dickson BUA (SOL) 73′
Cautions: [2] Fred BALA (SOL) 31′
Expulsions: Nil
Substitutions: (COK) 22′ Tyrell BARRINGER-TAHIRI [11] by Irangi MAURI [12]; (SOL) 36′ John BITIAI [11] by Atana FA’ARODO [17]; (SOL) 65′ Gabriel BOSI [9] by Oswin BWAGI [13]; (COK) 71′ Jamian IROA [13] by Arama BISHOP [16]; (SOL) 78′ Solo KUKI [15] by Clarence BONSLEY [7]; (SOL) 84′ Temana PENNYCOOK [8] by Mike MOUAURI [14]

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