The Solomon Islands U17 team lone expectation to earn them a place at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India has come to a dead end, today.
New Caledonia defeated the national (SI) U17 side 3-2 in the first semi-final match of the OFC U-17 Championship 2017 in Tahiti, today.
New Caledonia automatically booked a spot at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup following their conquest over SI U17 team in the semi-final battle.
Pierre Bako of New Caledonia slot in his side first goal 23 minutes into the first half leading SI national U-17 side 1-0.
However, Steward Toata sent an equalizer 63 minutes into the second half to lock the score line at 1 all.
New Caledonia fights back and extended their score to 2-1 at 68 minutes by Abiezer JENO from a free kick.
The last remaining 22 minutes sees both teams take possession of the ball with SI U-17 side made several attempts but could not hit the target.
Vita Longue who follows up a save from Joel Nanago smashes the ball into the back of the net 79 minutes to spread the goal margin to 3-1.
Junior Allen of SI side netted their second goal in the 94 minutes but could not able to make any more equalizer as the game come to end.
Meanwhile, all courage to write history for our U17 is certainly gone after the defeat today.
Solomon Fresh-Beat Understands, Solomon Islands has been longing for a team to reach the World Cup for all categories of the 11-a-side football.
They have reached the grand final and the semi-finals many times but no team has ever made it through.
Earlier they qualified for the beach soccer and futsal world cups, but the dream to reach India 2017 World Cup has futile today.
New Zealand beats Papua New Guinea in the second semi-final 2-1.