Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Vanuatu U15 finish brightly

(FIFA.com) Monday 23 August 2010
Despite entering their last match without a win, Vanuatu and Trinidad and Tobago finished their tournament on a high as they recorded victories over Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea in their respective fifth place play-offs.  Two goals from Andre Kalselik gave the Vanuatu boys a 2-0 triumph over Zimbabwe while in the day's earlier game, Trinidad and Tobago's girls prevailed over Papua New Guinea in the tournament's first penalty shoot-out. 

Match of the Day
Vanuatu 2-0 Zimbabwe
Andre Kalselik 20', 60'

With nothing to lose, both sides showed their intent to restore some pride by winning the game. Zimbabwe attacked first but Vanuatu quickly got the better of their opponents through their fluid passing. Santino Mermer was in the heart of their best moves, calling the Zimbabwe keeper Fungai Benard into action with a low shot in the opening exchanges. The Oceania side's efforts paid dividends when they took the lead midway through the opening half courtesy of some dazzling combination play between their attacking duo Michel Coulon and Andre Kalselik. Picking out a Jelene Waiwai cross on the edge of the box, Coulon sold a perfect dummy to Benard before cleverly squaring the ball to the unmarked Kalselik, who kept his cool to slot home.

Zimbabwe upped their tempo in the second half and they could have equalised when Lucky Ndlela was presented with a one-on-one chance, but inexplicably shot straight at the keeper. The Africans continued to press forward for the equaliser but was their rivals who doubled their lead on the hour mark. Again the impressive Coulon had a hand in their second goal. Surging down from the left, he launched a powerful cross which Bernard only succeeded in pushing away. The clearance fell at the feet of Kalselik, whose shot was deflected home.


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