Wellington survive in OFC final

Team Wellington goalkeeper strtches to stop a header from Lautoka’s Shazil Ali during their match in the 2nd leg of the OFC Final at Churchill Park in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

TEAM Wellington escaped a hard fought 4-3 win over the Vodafone Lautoka Blues to win the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League title at Lautoka’s Churchill Park yesterday. The visitors started the game strongly scoring two goals from Lautoka’s blunders to lead 2-0 at the break. Gracious in defeat Lautoka coach Kamal Swamy commended his troops for their improved performance after their 6-0 loss in last week’s encounter.

He said the players should hold their heads high for reaching their first OFC final.

“The boys really improved compared with last week and we will continue to improve in our future games,” said Swamy.

“Even though we fell short, we are glad to reach our first ever final and the challenge is to keep on improving. “I thank the players and the executives for their commitment.”

Wellington coach Jose Figuera said Lautoka played well. We always knew it is going to be difficult after our first game,” he said.

“I am very happy with our performance and this is a huge moment for the club. For Lautoka this is their first time in the final after years of not being in the competition and reaching the final is not simple.