Fiji, Tahiti qualify for soccer Semis

first_imgTahiti were reduced to nine players in the second half after captain Manuarii Hauata and Thibaut Pito received two bookings and were sent off.Tahiti head coach Patrice Flaccadori was pleased with his team’s spirit in holding out for the draw.“It was a very tough game against a good team. I think the score is fair, but I am angry because we received two red cards and I found the referee’s decisions very hard,” said Flaccadori.“It was difficult because Fiji were very organised. I’m very proud of them but I’m a little angry with the captain (Hauata) because he didn’t respect the game. But it’s a good experience for us.”Fiji manager Juan Carlos (URU) was also pleased with the draw after Tahiti had the better of the first half, before the red cards.“It was important not to lose the game today. We knew that if we didn’t score in the first half we would have had a very difficult time to score against the wind in the second half. But we have achieved our targets,” Carlos said.“I was more relaxed after the two red cards. With nine men their only option was to pump the ball to the big fellow up front and we had three people marking him.”The draw means Vanuatu are eliminated from the Pacific Games soccer tournament, although they remain in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifying tournament where they face a tough semifinal match against New Zealand.Fiji have qualified for two semifinals: one against PNG in the Olympic tournament and another against New Zealand in the Pacific Games competition.“New Zealand is a tough game and it will also be difficult against PNG because they have a good squad and they are at home. The crowd will be behind them, but my players don’t care about that. It will be a great atmosphere,” Carlos said…..PACNEWSlast_img read more


first_imgKevin Cassidy has revealed how last Sunday was the first time since he finished playing with Donegal that he really missed playing.Former Donegal star Kevin Cassidy has revealed that last weekend was the first time since he was axed from the Donegal panel that he really missed playing for his county.Cassidy had a very public fall-out with Jim McGuinness in 2011 due to his contributions to the book ‘This Is Our Year’ by Declan Bogue.Cassidy was removed from the panel, and missed out on Donegal’s 2012 All-Ireland victory against Mayo. However, in his column with Gaelic Life, Cassidy revealed how last week was the first time since he stopped playing for Donegal that he was absolutely desperate to get on the pitch.Cassidy wrote, “Hand on my heart last Sunday was the first time since my last game for Donegal against the Dubs in 2011 that I actually missed playing.“Some of you may say that surely I must have missed that feeling during Donegal’s triumphant run in 2012, but the truth is that I didn’t and in fact this feeling only hit me in the last quarter of Sunday’s game.“During the last 20 minutes of last Sundays final my legs began to move and I began to play every ball in my mind I think I probably shouldered a few people sitting beside me I was that hyped up. “For me the game was in the melting pot at that stage and it was there for whatever team wanted it most and I soon realised that it was those types of situations I missed above anything else.Cassidy also lauded the impact of Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has had this year, insisting he’s streets ahead of any other manager and is the best manager by a country mile. CASSIDY – “I REALLY MISSED PLAYING FOR DONEGAL LAST WEEKEND” was last modified: September 29th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ALL-IRELAND FINALdonegalgaelic lifeKevin CassidynewsSportlast_img read more