MATCH REPORT: RKSV BSC vs Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands made it two wins in as many days with a 3-1 victory over Vierde Klasse side RKSV BSC Roosendaal.

After falling to an early goal by Matteo Castro, young striker Raynick Laete bundled the ball over the line from close range to draw the national team level before half time. Striker Andrew Abba came on at half time and quickly put the visitors ahead before another substitute Dennis Ifunaoa rounded off the scoring to seal the victory.

Wim Rijsbergen’s men looked comfortable from the start with Gagame Feni making some space inside the area before firing a low shot that the home goalkeeper blocked at the near post with his legs.

Ilias Bouas in the home goal was doing well to keep his side in the game as he again was on hand to deny Feni.

But against the run of play, BSC were able to take the lead when they broke away in attack and after some neat build up play the ball fell to Castro who rocketed a shot into the corner of the net past Timothy Maesaria.

BSC made plenty of changes throughout the game with the first bunch of players rotating after just 20 minutes.

The visitors continued to keep the ball and create chances in attack but the goal was proving difficult to find as Benjamin Totori and Atkin Kaua both had chances saved by Bouas.

Rijsbergen’s side did draw level ten minutes from the break when Totori picked up the ball outside of the area, breezed past three defenders before rolling the ball past the goalkeeper and his strike partner Laete was on hand to make sure the ball rolled over the line for 1-1.

With the scores level at the break, Solomon Islands made two changes as Totori and Kaua were replaced by Abba and Jerry Donga. It didn’t take long for Abba to get himself on the score sheet when Feni played a long pass for the striker to chase and he did well to outpace the defender and rifle the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-1.

The visitors were enjoying a lot of possession and displaying some fancy footwork, but the third goal was proving hard to come by. Abba did well to work some space before firing one over the bar. Feni also showed some deft touches to beat his defender but his low drilled cross was cleared by the defenders.

Donga went close to getting his first goal of the tour but he was denied by a great fingertips save from the goalkeeper.

The hosts were struggling to mount any kind of attack and the Solomon side continued to press and look for another goal, and it came ten minutes from the end when Ifunaoa broke through the defence and kept his composure against the goalkeeper to slot the ball into the corner of the net for 3-1.

Abba had a chance saved late in the game but the score was to finish 3-1 to give Rijsbergen two wins from his opening three games of the tour. The side can now relax and recover ahead of Tuesday’s game with Tweede Divisie champions Amsterdamsche FC.

Line Ups – Solomon Islands: 12. Timothy Maesaria; 2. Hadis Aengari; 4. Boni Pride; 6. Andrew Rarangia; 7. Atkin Kaua (10. Jerry Donga, 46); 8. Patrick Taroga; 9. Benjamin Totori (19. Andrew Abba, 46); 11. Gagame Feni; 13. John Aeta; 18. Raynick Laete.

Nathaniel Holland

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