13 Jan 2011

NZ Under-17 scrape past Fiji, Solomons set sights on big haul

12:44 pm on 13 January 2011

Tournament favourites New Zealand kept their perfect record intact but did it the hard way after scraping a 1-0 win over Fiji at the Oceania Under 17 football champs on Wednesday.

Papua New Guinea made it two wins on the trot, edging American Samoa 2-1.

Today Group B pace-setters Tahiti take on Cook Islands while Solomon Islands need a win over Tonga to stay in the playoff race.

Coach Chris Asipara says his side desperately needs to start hitting the back of the net.

"The special thing about the Tongan game is the fact that New Caledonia and Tahiti have scored a good number of goals and therefore the situation now is we too have to score a good number of goals if we're going to be in the competition. We suspect that what they're trying to do is now is that they will try to see if they can pick a very defensive side - that's what we expect. What we're trying to do is see if we can introduce a number of new tactics in order to get down that defense line and open up that defence line."