Talented Vanuatu striker Tony Kaltack was the star as Erakor Golden Star beat Solomon Warriors in the Oceania Champions League.
The 21-year-old striker scored his team’s second goal to give Vanuatu two wins out of two in the tournament after Nalkutan’s victory on Saturday.
Erakor Golden Star, without injured talisman Bong Kalo, were the better team in the match and Kaltack had a goal disallowed for offside early in the first half after superb wing play from Elkington Molivakarua.
He then missed a golden chance to open the scoring, narrowly firing wide from a tight angle.
Solomon Islands champions Solomon Warriors tested Gerhsom Kalsong, who made a couple of excellent saves with his legs to keep them at bay.
In the 60th minute Solomon Warriors goalkeeper Izomo Bird rushed out of his area and handled a Kaltack shot. He was promptly shown a red card.
From the resulting free kick Barry Mansale curled a beautiful shot over the wall and into the far corner to open the scoring – and minutes later it was 2-0.
Kaltack started the move with a fine ball to the wing in the 66th minute before striding into the box to get on the end of a low cross. His composed finish gave Erakor Golden Star a 2-0 advantage.
It is Kaltack’s sixth goal in four Oceania Champions League games and briefly put Erakor top of Group B.
Oceania Champions League Group B – Papeete, Tahiti
Erakor Golden Star 2-0 Solomon Warriors
Erakor scorers: Barry Mansale, Tony Kaltack
Bird sent off for Solomon Warriors