OFC Women’s Nations Cup Qualifier: Fiji, Solomons meet in crucial match

The Fiji women's team during a training run. Picture: FT FILE

AFTER securing crucial wins in their respective opening matches at the OFC Women’s Nations Cup Qualifier, Solomon Islands and Fiji will meet in a crucial match on their day 2 encounter today.

That will follow the opening match between Vanuatu and American Samoa, two sides chasing their first points at the tournament being held at Lautoka’s Churchill Park this week.

Solomon Islands overcame American Samoa 2-0 in the opening match of the qualifier, which serves as the first step for Oceania towards the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, following a difficult 90 minutes for both sides.

Fiji is ready to continue pushing for their place in the OFC Women’s Nations Cup in November.

The side put five past Vanuatu, with three going to debutant 17-year-old Trina Davis, while conceding just one, a record they expect to continue going up against an equally ambitious Solomon Islands.

“We’ll take this next match as we took Vanuatu,” Fiji coach Marika Rodu said.

“As I’ve said, there’s no need to celebrate yet as we have further business to attend to.

“We’re on course. It’s a good start for us but we would like to continue building on our opening performance against Solomon Islands.”

Although his side scored five, Rodu said he expected them to be more prolific in front of the goal given the opportunities which were created.

Fiji plays Solomon Islands at 3pm at Churchill Park.

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