The second group in the Oceania U-20 tournament got underway in warm sunny conditions at the Tereora National Stadium in Rarotonga tonight. Six teams are here participating in this tournament, with the winner playing New Zealand who qualified from group 1 recently completed in Noumea.
Hot favourites Australia, are here with hosts Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu.
In the opening match, a well-drilled Vanuatu team despite squandering many chances still dominated Papua New Guinea winning 7-0. In the second match, billed as the "wooden spoon" match Tonga and Cook Islands fought out a 1-1 draw. Both teams lack the combination and polish of their other competing teams, but they keep the local crowd of 850 (not bad from a population of 9,000) on their edge of their seats throughout the match. Cook Islands scored first with a penalty in the 4th min while Tonga equalised in the 59th match.
In the final game, Australia toyed with their opposition from the first minute. This team consisting all of professional players were too classy for the young Samoan side. They opened the scoring with Captain Ljubo Milicevic in the 4th min. From then on it was a guess to see how many goals Australia would score. No. 14 Scott McDonald from Southhampton FC scored five goals. Australia face Tonga on Saturday 17th February at 15.00pm.