Vanuatu and Tahiti closed in on a semi final berth at the Oceania Under 17 Football Championship after contrasting victories in Pago Pago.
Sylvain Worworbu scored his eighth goal of the tournament to put Vanuatu in front after just four minutes against the Solomon Islands.
Larry Zama equalised a few minutes before halftime but it was Ronaldo Wilkins who stepped up to slot the decisive penalty just after the hour mark, ensuring Vanuatu's third straight victory.
Victorious coach Etienne Mermer was relieved by the result, admitting he was worried when the Solomons equalised but says his players have been working hard and congratulated them on their performance.
Meanwhile Tahiti continued their impressive start to the tournament with a 13-0 demolition of Tonga, with Michel Maihi bagging four goals to make it nine in two matches.