Fiji Time: 5:49 AM on Sunday 23 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Waitakere goes down

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

THE 10-man AS Pirae defeated Waitakere United 2-1 to secure a spot in the OFC Champions League semi-final.

The side stunned the former champions with extraordinary soccer skills and well-connected passes to deny Waitakere the win at Lautoka's Churchill Park yesterday.

Playing with 10-men for about 40 minutes, AS Pirae players combined well to produce a wonderful display and ended their pool campaign on a high.

Star striker Li Fung Kuee surprised the Kiwis with a classic goal in the first minute of the game when he nailed a powerful cross kick from his teammate Naea Bennett to take his team into the lead.

Bennet registered his name on the scoresheet when he scored in the 18th minute of play to increase their tally.

The Kiwis on the other hand also had their moments but solid AS Pirae defenders kept the Kiwis at bay. Waitakere's best moment came as Joel Stevens danced his way past two defenders before beating AS Pirae goalkeeper Steven Hiriga for their lone goal. The Kiwis tried their best to capitalise on their one-man advantage but the brickwall defence from Pirae shattered their hopes of reaching the semi-final.

Elated with the win, Pirae skipper Marama Vahirua said the will to win and teamwork were paramount for his side.

He said the players were focused on their respective roles which he believed gave them the edge.

"Beating a top team like Waitakere is a proud moment for the players," said Vahirua.

"We didn't worry about winning — our main focus was to play our role as expected of us.

"We did a lot of passing as this created spaces to score goals."

Waitakere coach Paul Temple said his troops gave their best but it was not enough to win them the game.

"There are many young players in the team who have done well and we are still in the rebuilding phases after losing some key players," he added.

AS Pirae will face five-time OFC champion Auckland City in the semi-final while Vodafone 4R Electric Ba will play Amicale FC.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65020.6312
JPY 51.786748.7867
GBP 0.39950.3915
EUR 0.44950.4375
NZD 0.68980.6568
AUD 0.64760.6226
USD 0.49350.4765



Exchange Rate updated on 21st October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Under attack
  2. Rain floods tents
  3. Airline reforms
  4. Family loses battle to keep home
  5. Navua to be declared town by December
  6. 'Excellent' response
  7. Kava trade and retail
  8. FEA to pay out $1.325m bonus for 747 staff
  9. Wallabies bench Cooper, Naivalu named as Kerevi retains position
  10. PM looks ahead to Key meeting

Top Stories this Week

  1. Former flight attendant invests in farming business Wednesday (19 Oct)
  2. Calls for USP vice chancellor to step down Tuesday (18 Oct)
  3. A daughter's sacrifice Thursday (20 Oct)
  4. 'I heard Soko screaming in pain' Friday (21 Oct)
  5. Dad's cry for justice Tuesday (18 Oct)
  6. Rugby offer Monday (17 Oct)
  7. 'I never knew Soko' Thursday (20 Oct)
  8. Hero's welcome Wednesday (19 Oct)
  9. 18 workers on the run Tuesday (18 Oct)
  10. My heart cries out Monday (17 Oct)