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Amicale FC starts league campaign on a high note

Zanzeer Singh
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

AMICALE started its Oceania Football Confederation Champions League campaign on a high note after beating AS Dragon of Tahiti 1-0 at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday.

But it wasn't plain sailing for the Vanuatu champions as the Tahitians put up a strong fight in the second spell.

Esava Naqeleca and Shivan Swamy played for Amicale, which boasted players from Italy and Serbia.

Swamy later picked up a yellow card in the 65th minute for a foul.

In the 19th minute, Solomon Islander futsal playmaker Jack Watney provided Francois Sakama with a through pass to drive the ball past AS Dragon goalkeeper Mikael Roche to score the lone goal of the fixture.

Amicale coach Nathan Hall said it was a positive feeling to get off to a good start in a tough pool.

Hall said the players showed a lot of character after the opponents stepped up in the second spell.

"We played really well in the first half," he said.

"In the second half AS Dragon came into the match a lot more but we showed our character and the boys dug in deep. I'm proud of their efforts.

"This is a new team and we have only been together for few months. We still have to get to know each other. It is always good to get off to a good start and it gives the boys a lot of confidence."

Italian David Talone was strong in defence for Amicale. AS Dragon goalkeeper Mikael Roche made a few one-on-one saves.

Hall said they could have won by a higher margin.

"We had our chances and should have scored a few more goals," he said.

"But a win is a win and it gives everyone a boost. The overseas boys have been fantastic so far. Coming in from Europe, there is certainly different culture here."

AS Dragon coach Ludovic Graugnard said their first half performance was far from impressive, adding they lacked concentration.

"Amicale's defence was strong and they were physically strong holding possession," he said.

"Now we must psyche up the players and get them prepared mentally for the remaining games."

AS Dragon: Mikael Roche, Pierre Kugogne, Henri Caroine, Yannick Vero, Samuel Hnanyine, Teaonui Tehau, Alvin Tehau, Sylvain Graglia, Teata Simon, Jonathan Tehau, Nicolas Vallar.

Amicale FC: Chikau Mansale, Davide Talone, Shivan Swamy, Esava Naqeleca, Nikola Vasilic, Francois Sakama, Nelson Sale, Dominique Fred, Jack Wetney, Marko Dordevic, Colin Marshall.


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