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Bilikiki overcome strong Fiji side

Captain James Naka and centre Franco Ne’e opened the scoring for Solomon Islands showing some of their individual brilliance but Fiji also got on the scoreboard to finish the first period 2 to 1.
Bilikiki regrouped strongly in the second period and added 4 more goals through Robert Laua and Ne’e who both got doubles with the latter completing the first hat trick of the championship.
Fiji did not get on the score sheet in this period.
The final period saw Bilikiki make some changes and Fiji themselves came out firing to try to steal away the game seeing them score 3 goals to Bilikiki’s 2.
Laua completed Bilikiki’s second hat trick for the day and new recruit McPhillip Aisa got in the act with his fine effort towards the final minutes.
Bilikiki coach Henry Koto says after the match that he is satisfied with the performance of his players.
“The boys have done well today to get this win. Our set plays and tactics all went according to plan so it was a good performance from the team,” Koto says.
Koto was also full of praise for the Fiji team saying that there is a lot of improvement from them and they had given Bilikiki a tough contest.
“Fiji have improved greatly since our last meeting in 2009. They gave us quite a scare in the final third but we were able to hold our nerves for a solid win,” Koto says.
His counterpart Intiaz Khan says that it was a positive way to finish with three goals in the last period but they expected Solomon Islands to be tough.
“We were expecting a solid performance from the Solomon Islands and they deserved the win today,” Khan says.
According to team manager, Reuben Oimae, Bilikiki’s only concern from the game is the injury to forward Gibson Hosea.
“Hosea was injured in a heavy clash with a Fijian player so we are monitoring his situation at the moment. However, we are hopeful that he can return to the field in our next match,” Oimae says.
Bilikiki will play Tahiti at 0930am (Solomon Islands time) on Saturday in their final group match.

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