By Asa Willie and Kevin Darling, Games News Service
PORT MORESBY, July 7 – Vanuatu beat Federated States of Micronesia 46-0 on Tuesday to set a Pacific Games record score and keep alive their hopes of qualifying from Pool A of the Port Moresby 2015 soccer tournament.
Vanuatu’s huge win breaks the record set on Sunday when Fiji beat Micronesia 38-0.
Combined with a 30-0 defeat to Tahiti in their opening match, it means Micronesia have conceded a total of 114 goals in the tournament and scored none.
An unlikely scoreline of 30-0 was the minimum requirement for Vanuatu, with Pool A likely to be decided on goal difference, and they looked on course for the target from kick-off.
The team ranked 200th in the world by Fifa were 24-0 ahead at half-time, three better than Fiji’s score at the same stage, and Micronesia wilted further in the second half.
Vanuatu’s top scorer, with 16 goals, was Jean Kaltack.
Vanuatu may still be eliminated from Pool A if Tahiti and Fiji draw their match at 14:00 on Tuesday, but a win for either side would see them through.