Tahiti secures a win over Samoa

Tahiti kicked off their title defence with a comfortable 4-0 win over Samoa in the OFC Nations Cup in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea last night.

It was a one-sided affair from the outset as Tahiti raced to a two goal lead inside the opening five minutes courtesy of a brace by Teaonui Tehau.

The Tahitians made it 3-0 in the 15th minute when Steevy Chong Hue rifled his shot into the top right corner from inside the box.

Alvin Tehau joined the party in the 36th minute with a cool finish off a slick pass from the lively Teaonui Tehau.

Tahiti coach Ludovic Graugnard made a double substitution at half-time as all intensity went out of the game.

The French Polynesians maintained a total control in the second half but they took their foot of the pedal.

Despite creating a number of opportunities to score they were unable to add to the first half tally as Samoa fought hard to keep the score respectable.

Graugnard wasn’t at all happy with his side’s second half performance.

“We know the first match is never easy in a competition like this especially against a side like Samoa which is physically strong. In the first half we played our game but I’m not very happy with the way we played in the second half, technically and physically.

“It’s a match where we really should have scored more but based on the second half performance we really need to work on several areas to reactivate our objectives.”

Meanwhile, Samoa coach Scott Easthope said it was a tough night for his players.

“It was a very nervous start by the boys and in the first half with the ball we were just not accurate enough to maintain possession, and if you give a good side a lot of possession they will do that to you.

“In the second half we made a bit of improvement possession wise but still, maybe they just didn’t take their chances well in the second half. Certainly for some of our boys this is a big jump, you can imagine the level required back in Samoa is a lot different from here, so some of our boys probably felt that in game one and we should be a lot better in game two.”

The action at the 2016 OFC Nations Cup will continue on Tuesday from 4pm local time when tournament favourites New Zealand face Vanuatu at Port Moresby’s Sir John Guise Stadium.