Solomon Warriors roared back into quarterfinal contention in Group B of the OFC Champions League with a 6-1 win over AS Lossi in Papeete on Wednesday evening.
In a must-win match for both teams in the afternoon kick-off, Solomon Warriors were comfortable throughout and made New Caledonia’s AS Lossi look lethargic by comparison.
Gagame Feni lead the scoring with a hat trick that included a wonderful lob for his second towards the end of the second half, but the damage was already done during a commanding first half spell that saw Warriors net four unanswered goals including Kensi Tangis’s first of two just two minutes into the match.
Feni scored his first on the 20-minute mark with goals to Tangis and John Alick rounding out the first half.
Morgan Mathelon finished off a wonderful team goal for Lossi in the 73rd minute with a stunning half-volley to reduce the deficit somewhat but Feni’s added another two to inflate the score line to 6-1 and push Solomon Warriors into second place on three points, ahead of Erakor on goal difference.
Solomon Warriors coach Moses Toata warned that his side must continue that vein of form if they are to beat Dragon on Saturday in their final group match and ensure a place in the last eight of the competition.
“Obviously I’m very happy with the result” Toata, “my boys did very well today.
“We have to keep playing like this if we want to win. We have a very important match on Saturday and hopefully we will win.
With their chances of progression over, AS Lossi coach Victor Wejieme was gracious in defeat.
“First, congratulations to the Solomon team, they played well today. We needed to be better organised, we were playing for qualification, but we were missing in the first half,” Wejieme said.
“We didn’t play our game and with everything that happened on the field, we were destabilised. There’s still one match we’ll try to do well, we’d love to finish with a good result.”
Saturday’s final round of Group B matches see Erakor Golden Star squaring off against AS Lossi at 3pm local time with AS Dragon and Solomon Warriors meeting in the 6pm kickoff.