6 Oct 2010

Solomons soccer defence set for testing time

3:42 pm on 6 October 2010

The Solomon Islands have been working on shoring up their defence ahead of this afternoon's first semi final against New Zealand at the Oceania Women's Nations Cup football tournament.

New Zealand tallied 31 goals in just three matches to top group A while Solomon played second fiddle to Papua New Guinea in their group, managing to find the net just twice.

Assistant Coach, Diane Justus, says they can't afford to give New Zealand too many opportunities.

"We just work on our defensive stule of play - to try and defend New Zealand. We definately saw that New Zealand is very tough in their attacking. They will definately have and create more chances to score goals so our preparation is just to get our backline defence and also the"

central midfield line to be organised and compact so as to counter the attacking style of New Zealand.

Meanwhile Papua New Guinea captain Deslyne Siniu says after three straight wins the team is in good shape and feeling confident of beating Cook Islands in today's second semi.

We know that it's going to be a very tough game but we just have to keep cool, keep our heads together to work as a team and then we will just wait for the next one. But at the moment we're not under-estimating the Cook Islands - we just have to work together.

The winner of Friday's final qualifies for next years women's world cup in Germany.