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Toata lauds national side after win over Macau

Solomon Islands interim coach Moses Toata has heap praises on his players after the national side defeated Macau 4-1 last night away at Macau Olympic Stadium.

The national side could only managed to nicked in a goal in the first half from a Judd Molea’s corner kick.

Despite wet conditions at the Olympic Stadium, Atkin Kaua slotted home Solomon Islands second goal in opening two minutes of the second half.

Moments later, making his first international appearance, Kurukuru target man Alwin Hou grabbed his debut goal with a brilliant goal outside the box.

“I am grateful for people like Alvin who made his debut in the national colors today with so much confidence,” Toata said of Hou’s debut for the national side.

“He was a key in our attack, I congratulate everyone who are part of this National team.”

Captain Benjamin Totori continues his scoring record for the national team with a fourth on the hour mark.

The hosts scored a consolation goal as Lam Ka Seng fired past Desmond Tutu in the 77th minute.

Toata said the national side deserved the win due to their dominance of the encounter.

“Overall, I think the boys did an amazing job in the first half and dominated the game although we have couldn’t finish the first half as we would have wanted to, we didn’t allow them to score too”, he said.

The Solomon Islands tactician motivated his players in the sheds to use their attacking instinct.

“The half time talk was important and I told the boys to be more positive and aggressive going forward, we need to attack them where they don’t want, and that is to play wide when we regain possession.

“They were very defensive sitting back in their own half, and that’s why Judd was able to dictate play from deep in a much bigger space”, Toata explained.

Meanwhile, the national team will arrive back in the country on Friday before heading off for the international friendly against Fiji at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on September 5th.

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