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Bennett scores four in big win

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, April 13, 2014

TAHITIAN international Naea Bennett scored four goals in AS Pirae's 8-0 drubbing of Kiwi FC at the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday.

The 36-year-old striker who missed the first game against the Solomon Warriors on Wednesday showed his class as a cool finisher against the Samoans.

Bennett scored in quick succession in the fifth and sixth minute and then claimed his hat trick in the 22nd minute.

He sealed AS Pirae's win with the final goal in injury time.

Raimana Li Fung Kuee scored a brace of goals while captain Marama Vahirua and Augustin Dallera got one each.

AS Pirae led 6-0 at the break.

The two early strikes unsettled the Kiwi FC team which failed to recover despite Michael Fifi'i's efforts upfront.

Kiwi FC coach Martin Lamasese said the players did not combine well.

Lamasese said they would put the loss behind them and focus on the remaining game against the Solomon Warriors.

"The forwards and the midfielders were not combining," he said.

"Back home soccer has stopped because of the passing of our president and high chief but according to the schedule we have to play here.

"We now have to focus on the last game to stay within the top eight in the competition."

Samoa Football Federation president and Oceania executive committee member, Toetu Petana passed away earlier this week.

AS Pirae: Jonathan Torohia, Raimoana Bennett, Raimana Li Fung Kuee, Naea Bennett, Augustin Dallera, Jimmy Tepa, Marama Vahirua, Jay Warren, Javier Paez, Heimanu Taiarui, Huimana Parker.

Kiwi FC: Masi Toetu, Linton Dauara, Andrew Setefano, Albert Bell, Jarell Sale, Barry Lewis, Michael Fifi'i, Mike Saofaiga, Lionel Taylor, Jamie Mason, Jimmy Hoasihita.

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