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Kema Jack heads PNG Kundus to a draw in the

Solomon Islands and New Zealand secured the semis berth after fighting out a 1 – 1 draw in the main match yesterday.

Fiji entered the final game focused on a win to get them to the semi finals. Avinesh Swamy missed a chance early on.

PNG had the opportunity in the seventh minutes when Kema Jack headed Michael Foster’s cross over the bar. Fijian striker Manue Dunadamu had a chance but Kundus goalkeeper Leslie Kalia bravely blacocked the close range effort.

Fiji started to put pressure which resulted with a goal from Dunadamu who noded home a rebound from a Alvin Singh header after a corner kick taken by Swamy in the 13th minute. Current Hekari players Pita Bolaitoga and Osea Vakatalesau threathened the Kundus goal but the PNG defence kept them at bay.

Striker Raymond Gunemba blasted a speculator from a long range but went wide showeing that PNG were willing to take any and all opportunities.

Eric Komeng and Sanuel Kini played strongly but could not do much as Simione Tamansisau was on full alert thwarting all their chances.

In the second half, Tahitian referee Zitouni Kader started flashing yellow cards.

He booked Tamanisau for time wasting and also cautioned PNG fullback Koriak Upaiga for a dangerous challenge.

PNG had to make changes with Jeremy Yasasa subbing Erick Komeng while Jamal Seeto came on for Raymond Gunemba and Reginald Davani replacing Samuel Kini.

Dader had an impact on proceedings, this time Singh was booked for rough playwhile Kema also picked up a yellow card for a similar offence.

The carding seemed to spur Jack who responded by going all out for the equaliser. The thousands who had packed the stadium were right behind Papua New Guinea and greeted Kema Jack’s headed 85th-minute equaliser with delirium.

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