PNG beat hosts Tahiti 2-1 at OFC U-17 Championship meet

PNG have registered their first win at the Oceania Football Confederation U-17 Championship beating hosts Tahiti 2-1 at Stade Mahina.

Tahiti took a 1-0 lead just 10 minutes into the first half when an unmarked Eddy Kaspard fired one past PNG’s keeper Graham Berigami.

Kaspard came close to scoring his second just minutes later when he attempted to head the ball into the nets from a cross.

Both sides battled on and went into half time with Tahiti still in the lead.

It took 71 minutes for PNG to finally get on the board through the boot of Jonathan Allen who equalised and put PNG right back in the game.

The winning goal came near the end of the match in the 87th minute when a corner kick found the head of Emmanuel Simongi who put PNG in the lead and go on to win the last Pool A match of the Championship.

In the other Pool A match played earlier, New Caledonia beat Vanuatu 3-2.




Troy Taule