Vanuatu U-17 National Team came from, behind to draw with Papua New Guinea 3-3 in the OFC U-17 World Cup Qualifier in Tahiti today Wednesday 15 February 2017.
Aben Pukue hits Papua New Guinea first goal in the match in 11 minutes before Vanuatu leveled in 25 minutes from Dilland Ngwele.
One minutes before the break, PNG striker Barthy Pukue fires left of LEO from the penalty spot to put his side ahead 2-1.
After the break Vanuatu fought hard and leveled again, thanks to goal from Albert Vanva.
But the wantok replies back again with their third goal from Barthy Kerobin finishes off a deflected ball to give his side the lead but the local boys leveled the scored board before the final whistle in 83 minutes when Zidane
Maguekon wallops the ball at goal from a free kick and it slips through keeper BERIGAMI’s hands.
Papua New Guinea coach not really happy with the draw against Vanuatu.
“I’m very disappointed because I think it was just a few individual decisions that gave us the result we weren’t really after,” the Papua New Guinea coach said.
“I have to commend my side for the team effort. I was impressed with the ability to switch between the attacking and defending.”
For his counterpart Rocky Neveserveth it was two evenly matched sides which was reflected in the score.
“Papua New Guinea prepared for this match and we also prepared a long time for this match.”
Being able to keep his side motivated in spite of having to come from behind three times was a challenge but one Nerveserveth said his team dealt with well.
“The best part of the game for me was when our young guys scored goals. We spoke a lot about this match and we told them to press, press hard and try and score goals.
“I also told them to focus, keep your heads in the game and remain motivated for the full match. With that approach we were able to get the draw.” He said.
After two rounds in Group A all teams are still alive heading into the final day’s play on Friday (Tahiti time – Saturday in NCL, PNG & VAN), with the top two progressing to the semi finals.
Latest Group A Standing
1. New Caledonia 4
2. Tahiti 4
3. Papua New Guinea 1
4. Vanuatu 1