Ifira Black Bird (IBB) FC again fell short in its quest to win its second OFC match against Tahiti’s experienced AS Pirae after losing to PNG champion Hekari in its first game.
The Vanuatu champion was ahead after a 1-0 lead in the first half and an additional goal in the second half before AS Pirae equalized with its two goals leaving fans disappointed.
IBB FC was a man down after its defender, Alphonse Lency was sent off pitch due to a tackle made in the first 20 minutes of game time.
The team organized and created numerous attacks on the Tahiti defense allowing John Wohale to find a header into the team’s first goal of the tournament.
IBB FC defender, Samuel Kaloros moved the score to 2 nil in the second half through another header.
With IBB FC tightening up its defense wall, AS Pirae changed its game strategy as it continued to make long range shots. It was in the 70th minute, a long shot, 30 yards out of the IBB territory which saw the ball straight into net to put the score 2-1.
AS Pirae fought hard against the 10-man side and came in to equalize at the 95th minute additional time denying IBB its first win of the tournament.
Tehotu Gitton of AS Pirae was awarded player of the match.
In the first match, Tiga Sport claimed its first win after a 1 nil win over Hekari. With this win, Tiga Sport has built its hopes in finding a spot at the second stage as well.
IBB FC is currently fourth at the Pool B classmen and will have to step up its game and claim a win in its last match to keep its hopes up.
The match between Hekari and AS Pirae will also be a game decider for the Vanuatu champion in qualifying for the semi-finals.
Welcome to the discussion.
Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.