Vanuatu wonderkid Azariah Soromon scored his first goal of the Oceania Champions League 2018 as Nalkutan qualified for the quarter finals.
Nalkutan ran out 4-0 winners against Tupapa Maraerenga of Cook Islands to secure a top two spot in Group A and set up an intriguing head to head with Lae City Dwellers to decide top spot in the final game of the round.
The Vanuatu side were favourites for the tie against the minnows from Cook Islands and took the lead through Azariah Soromon. After some neat team work in midfield the ball fell to the 18-year-old in the area. He beat a defender with a lovely piece of skill before sliding the ball past the goalkeeper on 16 minutes.
Soromon, who was recently rumoured to be heading to Europe for trials, clearly has a big future ahead of him in the game.
Tupapa Maraerenga hung on until half time at 1-0 but, having lost their opening game against Lae City Dwellers 7-2, they were always likely to concede more.
When the goal did come it was through veteran Solomon Islands star James Naka, who had netted the winner in the first game against Ba FC.
However, once Naka had drilled in from the edge of the area he got tangled up with a Tupapa defender and kicked out, earning himself a red card in the process.
The ten men continued to threaten however and Raoul Coulon scored a wonderful volley from the edge of the area to make the game 3-0. He showed excellent control to fire a low shot into the bottom corner.
The scoreline was completed late on when Roddy Lenga crossed from the left wing only to see the ball squirm past the keeper and into the net.
Nalkutan, with six points from two games, have now qualified for the quarter final and could welcome back Bong Kalo from injury. The influential Vanuatu u20 star is currently playing in Europe for Ascona FC in Switzerland and would bring another dimension to the impressive Vanuatu side.
Nalkutan 4-0 Tupapa Maraerenga – Oceania Champions League Group A
Nalkutan scorers: Azariah Soromon, James Naka, Raoul Coulon, Roddy Lenga
Naka sent off for Nalkutan