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Cook’s brave game against Papua New Guinea

In the opening half Cook Islands looked to score early with a break-away run by left wing Joseph Ngauora down the left side of the pitch towards the Papua New Guinea’s goal area where he squared the ball to striker Roger Manuel for a shot at goal but Manuel was unable to finish.
A corner kick by Papua New Guinea almost saw them score their first goal in the twenty fifth minute but a nippy left back defender John Pareanga swooped through to successfully clear the ball away from the goal area as his colleagues patted him for his efforts.
However, minutes later Pareanga committed a foul on a Papua New Guinean player outside the 18 yard area, with Papua New Guinea punishing the Cook’s and scoring their first goal through Neil Hans. Despite being one goal down, Cook Islands plucked together with several goal scoring opportunities but unable to find the back of the net before heading into the half time break with Papua New Guinea ahead by one goal.
The second spell of the match saw Papua New Guinea lay through another three goals to extend their lead by four goals to nil. It could have easily been more goals for Papua New Guinea if it wasn’t for the goal saving brilliance from the Cook’s goal keeper and Captain Tony Jamieson. Although, four goals down the Cook’s national side never gave up but persisted on, a couple of missed goal scoring chances to get the Cook’s side on the score board.
“As long as everyone gives it 110 per cent that’s all we’re after really,” Jamieson says.
“We just want to put in some good performances and don’t want to walk away from any games that have been too one-sided. We’ve got some young players who are going to come away with a lot of experience to take into the first stage of the World Cup qualifiers.”
The Cook Islands’ next Pacific Games match is against Tahiti at Stade Boewa in Boulari this evening.
Photo courtesy of Oceania Football Confederation
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