The team made history in their match on day one, defeating Tahiti for the first time ever. Cook Islands held strong throughout that match, dominating possession and field position. The final score was 2-0 to Cook Islands.
They looked to improve on their historical day one performance in their game against Vanuatu and did exactly that. It took only three minutes for the Cook Islanders to get on the board, with Lee Maoate-Cox making the most out of an early penalty, curving the ball beautifully from about 25-metres out and finding the back of the net.
Vanuatu had a strike at goal not long after the Cook Islands goal, but it was off target. Other opportunities for the Vanuatuans went begging, with the Cook Islands back-end defence holding strong.
The Cook Islanders also had several opportunities down the other end in the first half, with multiple strikes just missing and others being saved by the Vanuatu goalkeeper. The score remained the same until the halftime break.
Following the break, the Vanuatuans came out firing, but continued to fail to convert their opportunities. Cook Islands then built on their lead with some solid play leading to a goal from Paulina Ponga.
Vanuatu finally found the net in the dying minutes of the match, but it proved too little too late, with the Cook Islanders coming out 2-1 victors.
Their next game will be against Solomon Islands on Sunday afternoon (CI time).