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Amicale FC eclipse SPG gold medalist NC

Vanuatu football club champion Amicale FC send a veiled warning to reigning O-League champions Hekari United by thrashing 2008 South Pacific Games gold medalist New Caledonia 3-1 last Saturday.

Amicale FC, who will meet Hekari United on February 5 here at Port Vila Stadium, struggled to beat Hekari during Amicale FC’s first away game last year in Papua New Guinea 2-1.

But against a well prepared New Caledonia side, who will be defending their gold medal at the SPG in Noumea later this year, Amicale FC struggled to make the game even in the first spell, but after when Referee Mahit Chillia whistle signaled second half, Amicale FC were all over New Caledonia.

A one two combination between Jack Whetney and elusive striker and captain Fenedy Masauvakalo in the first minutes of the second half saw
Masauvakalo thunder home Amicale FC’s second goal from close range, ending the 1-1 impasse from the first 45 minutes.

It’s the newly Solomon import coach Luke Eroi’s first outing with the Vanuatu champion club side, and already he has delivered the goods as expected. The huge win against the visitors New Caledonia will resonate around the region for sometime.

Many football critics thought the first goal by 25-year-old Masauvakalo was a stroke of luck. He shot an empty net when the New Caledonia towering keeper came out to cover after Amicale FC created an overlap in the NC defense.

The critics were silenced when Masauvakalo hammered home Amicale FC’s second goal from perfect football artistry created by the Amicale FC forwards in New Caledonia’s goal mouth. Tautau running on the right squeezes a ball through Whetney who darts up the left side of the New Caledonia goalie, attracting all the New Caledonian defenders in the process, then he placed the ball on a silver platter for unmarked Masauvakalo and he nailed it beautifully.

Amicale FC triangular passes were magnificently executed last Saturday, two weeks before they take on Hekari United FC.

Any hope of New Caledonia stamping their presence in the game was dashed when 33-year-old New Caledonia playmaker Pierre Wajoka was subbed.

In the dying minutes of enthralling game former Vanuatu skipper, Seimata Chillia was fouled in the box. Referee Mr Chillia, who was in the vicinity, awarded spot kick.

Solomon international Alick Maemae, who was the last Amicale FC player to arrive at the Port Vila International Airport this year, lived up to his nickname “Mr Cool” when he dummies a quick run then lazily finds the back of the New Caledonia keepers empty left net to only send Amicale fans into wild jubilation.

That was the final nail in New Caledonia’s coffin that Saturday. Amicale FC 3-New Caledonia 1.

Now the South Pacific Games gold medalist that lost some glitter on Saturday have Monday to redeem themselves against the Vanuatu pre-squad who have only been together as ‘names’ but not physically at training camps. Vanuatu is the SPG Bronze medalist.