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Perfect start

Emoni Narawa
Thursday, April 04, 2013

BA soccer coach Yogendra Dutt is satisfied with the 2-all draw against the Solomon Warriors at the Lawson Tama stadium in Honiara, Solomon Islands yesterday.

After starting on a winning note against Hekari United last week, Dutt's troops returned home from the Solomons with a point in the bag.

Ba led 2-0 in the opening 20 minutes with a double strike from Nigerian striker Sanni Issa.

Micah Lea'alafa's extra-time goal denied Ba maximum points after trailing 1-2 at the break.

Issa who scored his first OFC champions league goal last week opened the scoreboard with a header in the fifth minute. He later completed his brace of goals after confusion in the Warriors penalty box where he picked up the loose ball and sent it past goalkeeper Eddie Newman.

Kidston Billy's 32second minute strike put the home team back in the game. Billy finally found the back of the net after numerous attacking opportunities which were denied by goalkeeper Ratu Jone Ralulu.

"The draw is satisfactory. When playing away from home we always go for a win. If we miss out on the three points, then we always go for a draw. I don't feel bad about today's draw. It's satisfactory," Dutt said.

"Our boys played their hearts out and to go upfront with two goals is good. Solomon Warriors knew they must win this game so they put in a lot of courage.

"We didn't hold the ball much today. Our two goals came from our game plan, that is hold back and counter attack whenever we win the ball.

"Our next match will be played at home in Fiji and we are aiming to go for a win. We will try and recover well before facing Warriors again next week in Ba. We will be using a new game approach as well and probably make a change to the line-up. "

Solomon Warriors coach Brendan Chrichton said they played a good game.

"I am proud of the boys and how they changed their attitude and discipline and finally we get our first point in the competition. We deserve our first point because this team has worked really hard to prepare," he said.

"I feel that we should have won the match because like last Saturday we were the better team on the field. Unfortunately, we did not put away all our chances today but most important is that we scored twice and this is what we will build on for our next matches."

Avinesh Suwamy and Scott Gannon were cautioned for Ba while Brian Kaltack picked up Warriors' only yellow card.

Solomon Warriors: 1. Eddie Newman (GK), 2. Hadisi Aengari, 4. Tome Faisi, 10. Judd Molea (C), 11. Kidston Billy, 14. Jeffery Bule, 17. Micah Lea'alafa, 18. Sam Ayers, 19. Gibson Daudau, 21. Brian Kaltack, 22. Milton Furai.

Ba: 1. Ratu Jone (GK), 2. Avinesh Suwamy, 6. Jone Vesikula, 7. Tuimasi Manuca, 12. Tekiate Remueru, 15. Osea Vakatalesau, 16. Malakai Tiwa, 18. Laisenia Raura, 20. Sanni Issa, 23. Marika Madigi, 13. Scott Gannon.

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