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Utulei Youth, Pago Youth go through to the finals

Utulei Youth beat Ilaoa & To’omata 2-1 while Pago Youth dispatched the Tafuna Jets 4-0.
The loss for the Jets and Ilaoa & To’omata was their first of the year after going through the regular season with similar records of 5-0-1 each.
Utulei and Pago, on the other hand, had one loss each with the former going 5-1 and the latter finishing 4-1-1.
Nofo McMoore slotted in the game-winner 23 minutes into the second half to put Utulei Youth through to the championship game for the second year in a row.
Last year they defeated Ilaoa & To’omata 1-0 but went on to lose in the championship game against Black Roses.
This time their nemesis in the title game will be Pago Youth.
Ilaoa & To’omata had the slight edge in the beginning of the game with good possession that eventually led to a goal from Lela Waetin in the 28th minute.
The Leone-based team went into the half leading 1-0.
In the second half, the momentum shifted in favor of Utulei as the possession battle went their away which led to more attacks to finally the equalizer from Fuata’i Siatu’u 17 minutes since the restart.
Six minutes later McMoore scored the clinching goal.
Utulei Youth was the No. 2 seed from Pool B while Ilaoa & To’omata was Pool A’s top seed at the end of the regular season.
It was a game of opportunities — the Jets squandered theirs while Pago Youth were successful theirs especially with the limited number of times they visited Tafuna’s side of the field.
The majority of the match was played on Pago Youth’s side of the field with Tafuna attacking and attacking but each time getting repelled.
Then came one of a few breakaway runs by Pago’s forwards late in the opening period that led to a score by Vaiula Afa for a 1-0 by lead.
In the second Lynn Tualaulelei scored on a free kick from beyond the penalty box for a 2-0 lead.
Sika Tiumalu added a brace in the latter stages of the game to make up the final score.
The Jets were the top seed from Pool B while Pago Youth was No. 2 from Pool A.

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