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Watch Vakatalesau: Allen

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Marist FC players defend against Lautoka OFC Champions League semifinal at Churchill Park on April 22, 2018. Photo: OFC Media
April 26
11:00 2018

Marist FC coach Jerry Al­len wants his team not to repeat the same after their 1-1- draw against Lautoka in the semifinal one at Churchill Park last Sunday.

Allen was frustrated his side wasn’t able to avoid conceding, especially after he warned them about the talent of Lautoka players especially Osea Vakatalesau.

The Wailotua, Wainibuka native scored the equaliser early in the second spell. The teams will play in the OFC Champions League semifi­nal two at Lawsan Tama Stadium in Honiara on Sunday.

“I think we played well in the first half and okay in the second, but we conceded. I knew it would happen there, from a set piece,” Allen said.

“I know Osea (Vakatalesau) well, Brian (Kaltack) some of the other boys, I used to coach them before with Hekari and so I reminded my players what they can do.

“Osea has good height, and he used it in the corner even though I warned them.

“The plan now is to go home, work on some things and prepare once more – we have a big chance to do something great at home on Sun­day.”

Despite playing against 10 men after Samuela Drudru was sent off, Marist couldn’t capitalise and so everything to play for in the second leg of the semi-finals.

Lautoka coach Kamal Swamy said Marist’s goal came of a silly mis­take from his side, which is some­thing they’ll be working to rectify over the next week.

“We had a game plan and what we wanted to do, we did in the first half,” Swamy said.

“The plan was going okay but un­fortunately they scored first. We had hoped to hold them off and just monitor them before trying to at­tack them.”

A goal down at the break, Swamy said the side never lost confidence.

“We knew we would score. We cre­ated a lot of chances and unfortu­nately hit the post with one really good chance.

“The boys were eager to go in the second half and wanted to score so that positive thinking was there and that’s one good thing about the team. They won’t give up.”

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