The Solomon Islands women’s football team continue their hunt for a place in the OFC Women’s Nations Cup with another impressive performance in the qualifier at Churchill Park in Lautoka, Fiji.
The ladies held hosts Fiji to a 0-0 draw to keep their hopes alive heading into the final match day.
Courageous defending from both team’s defenders denied their attacking players from scoring.
Solomon Islands custodian Margaret Kofela stood her ground to rebuff Cema Nasau, Luisa Tamanitoakula and Trina Davis on numerous occasions.
Ileen Pegi and Laydah Samani led the Solomon Islands attacking force but their finishing instinct in the final third was not good enough to cause trouble for the hosts.
Best chance of the second half feel at the feet of Samani who hit the woodwork with a fierce strike.
Solomon Islands coach Diane Justus was pleased with her players for sticking to their game plan.
“The result is satisfactory for us because we knew this Fijian side was a better side than us, they had the advantage of more supporters here but we managed to get over that challenge,” she said.
“I’m very excited because our girls did what we planned to do, even though we knew it was not going to be easy.
“Everybody just gave more than 100 per cent and it worked so we’re excited to still be in the running to qualify.”
Solomon Islands and Fiji are equal top on four points, with Vanuatu joining the chasing pack after their 1-0 win over American Samoa in the day’s earlier encounter.
As it stands, it’s a three horse race making Thursday’s fixtures a do or die for the three Melanesian rivals.