Kensi Tangis fires Solomon Warriors into the Oceania Champions League quarter finals

Solomon Warriors and AS Dragon booked their place in the Oceania Champions League quarter finals at the expense of Erakor Golden Star.

Ironically, it was a couple of Vanuatu players who helped Solomon Warriors secure a 2-1 win over AS Dragon and book a place in the next round.

Dragon had won their first two games but were unable to start influential veteran Marama Vahirua. They then lost fellow star Raymond Lemaitre through injury after 11 minutes.

It took a further ten minutes for Vanuatu youngster Kensi Tangis to showcase his immense potential with a glancing header to put Solomon Warriors ahead.

A win would be enough for Solomon Warriors to qualify and they held on to half time. Heavy rain in the interval left the pitch sticky and it took a few minutes for the teams to acclimatise.

Warriors were the better of the two teams and Gilbert Meriel in the AS Dragon goal was kept busy.

However, the attacking talent of captain Tamatoa Tetauira, the joint-top scorer of the tournament with four goals, meant the game was always in balance. He came close with a header in the second half that deflected away for a corner.

And it was a header from Rainui Tze-Yu that eventually did equalise after he headed in from a cross from Sullivan Duee.

With five minutes to go the game erupted when Hennel Tehaamoana conceded a penalty and was sent off for a second yellow card. Judd Molea powered the penalty home to give Warriors a 2-1 win.

There was still time for Salomon Tevapauhu to be sent off for nine-man Dragon, giving them a selection headache in their quarter final game.

The result means AS Dragon top the group followed by Solomon Warriors. Erakor Golden Star of Vanuatu miss out on the quarter finals in third place followed by AS Lossi of New Caledonia in fourth position.

AS Dragon 1-2 Solomon Warriors – Group B
Papeete, Tahiti
AS Dragon scorer: Rainui Tze-Yu
Solomon Warriors scorers: Kensi Tangis, Judd Molea
Hennel Tehaamoana and Salomon Tevapauhu sent off for Dragon

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