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Cup challengers feature teams from top 4

Pago Youth A, No. 2 in Division 1, takes on No. 4 Kiwi Soccers while Taputimu Youth, No. 3 in Division 2, faces a higher seed in No. 2 Atu’u Broncos during round 3 of the 2012 FFAS National League on Aug. 25 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
Vaitogi United and Pago Youth A are tops in the division with 2-0 records with the former having the goals difference edge, 7-4 for the first division of the 2012 FFAS National League.
Rounding out the top four teams are Black Roses and Kiwi Soccers while the bottom four teams are No. 5 Utulei Youth, No. 6 Tafuna Jets, No. 7 Pago Youth B and No. 8 Lion Heart A.
The Division 1 matches for round 3 are the Tafuna Jets vs. Black Roses and Utulei Youth vs. Pago youth B at 11:40 a.m. and Pago Youth A vs. Kiwi Soccers and Lion Heart A vs. Vaitogi United at 3:40 p.m.
Four teams are tied with 1-1 records and take up the No. 3 to No. 6 spots by way of goals differential, the first tiebreaker when points are tied — Black Roses (1), Kiwi Soccers (1), Utulei Youth (0) and Tafuna Jets (-1).
The 2nd tiebreaker, if both teams are tied in points and difference in goals, is goals against with Black Roses holding that edge (1-4) over Kiwi for the No. 3 spot in the standings.
2011 defending champs Pago A is coming off of their second straight win while Kiwi has split its first two.
The FFAS Technical Department has Pago Youth A as the favorite of this match up.
Kiwi will have a tough time against a Pago A team featuring a huge number of national team players such as JR Amisone, Rambo Tapui, AJ Tualaulelei, Daru Taumua and twins Ryan & Rhine Samuelu.
This is a game of David vs. Goliath and should Kiwi win it would be one of the biggest upsets in the season.
FC SKBC and Atu’u Broncos have similar records of 2-0, best amongst the eight teams competing in the 2nd division of the 2012 FFAS National League.
FC SKBC wins the 1st tiebreaker of goals difference 8-3 and both are two points clear of No. 3, and cup holders, Taputimu Youth.
Ilaoa & To’omata is No. 4, followed by PanSa, Lion Heart B, Green Bay and then Vaiala Tongan.
Division 2 matches for Aug. 25 are PanSa vs. FC SKBC at 8:20 a.m.; Tonga vs. Ilaoa & To’omata at 1:10 p.m. and Green Bay vs. Lion Heart B and Taputimu Youth vs. Atu’u Broncos at 2:20 p.m.
Despite being lower than Atu’u in the standings, Taputimu Youth’s wealth of experienced players actually gives them the edge in this match.
Atu’u has speedy players on their squad and play good team soccer but they will have to contend against some of the two best strikers on island in Bobby Nu’usila and Ryan Petaia.
Both scored two goals each in their team’s successful 4-0 defense of the cup last week against the Vaiala Tongan squad.
Besides Nu’usila and Petaia, their they have excellent midfielders Maika Molesi and Panweichi Kaleopa as well as strong defenders in Sonny Filiva’a and Tusialofa Lagai.
The Broncos will be looking to young forwards Rafael “Fish” Rocha and Johnny Sione for to lead the attack with help from Falemaota Siota Jr. and Malala Iose.
The FFAS Technical Department has Taputimu Youth as the favorite of this match up.