September 06, 2016
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Fiji holds New Caledonia, remains in hunt

Fiji drew its second match in the 2016 OFC U20 Championship 1-1 against New Caledonia today and remains in contention for a semifinal spot from Group C.

After suffering a 1-0 defeat to Vanuatu on Saturday, the Yogendra Dutt coached side displayed a much better performance.

Despite dominating the first half, the Fijians only managed to score their lone goal in the 25th through Australian based Leroy Jennings.

New Caledonia leveled scores in the 68th minute through Thomas Gope-Fenepe as Fiji’s defence failed to clear a corner-kick.

Fijian Captain Mataiasi Toma received his second booking of the tournament and will have to miss the side’s all important clash against Papua New Guinea on Sunday.

New Caledonia earlier thumped PNG 4-1 and now leads Group A with four points while host Vanuatu is second with 3 points but is yet to play PNG while Fiji is third with a point and PNG currently sits at the bottom with no points.

By Reginald Chandar

 

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