AN excellent goalkeeping from Papua New Guinea stopper Vagi Koniel helped the team overcome Solomon Islands in the opening day of the Oceania Football Confederation under-20 Championship.
PNG defeated Solomon Islands 2-0 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Friday night.
Both goals came from free-kicks at each half with Ayrton Yagas heading in the opener in the 10th minute and Maya Bob sealing the win in the 51st minute of the play.
Solomon Islands which had better scoring opportunities failed to capitalise on the chances they created.
Team assistant coach Gideon Omokirio was disappointed with the loss.
"We came very determined to win this game and unfortunately we lost by two goals," he told OFC.
"Actually we missed a lot of opportunities which we were supposed to convert but it turned out not to be on our side tonight (Friday).
"We'll go back to the drawing board and the training pitch to sort out some of the mistakes and improve."
Elated PNG assistant coach Reginald Davani said they had put the win behind to focus on their match against American Samoa.
"With three points in the bag now, we will approach the next match against American Samoa very seriously," Davani said.
"Of course we will be out to win that match as well but again we will not take them lightly and look to put a good show."