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2015 FFAS National League kicks off

As for the women’s contest, theirs is a 7-a-side format with seven teams competing.
Utulei Youth and FC SKBC played to a 2-2 draw in the men’s Division 1 Cup challenge match on Saturday, Sept. 19, a mixed result for both as SKBC had a 2-0 lead going into the break while last year’s defending champs had to come from behind to walk away with a tie.
Former National League champs Pago Youth are back in the competition after a one-year hiatus, but this time starting off in Division 2. They opened their season with a commanding 19-0 win over Vaitogi United.
The Tafuna Jets, missing in action last year as well, returned to the National League competition also, making its debut in Division 2 alongside Pago Youth. They came out strong as well with a 3-0 win over Black Roses to win the Cup for their bracket.
DIVISION 1
Six teams are competing in the territory’s top division — Utulei Youth, Lion Heart, Ilaoa & To’omata, PanSa, Vaiala Tongan and FC SKBC. The competition will be a two, round-robin format with the team finishing at No. 1 to be crowned champs.
Ilaoa & To’omata is the new kid on the block after being elevated to Division 1 after they topped Division 2 during the 2014 National League.
They came out to a strong, 6-1 win over PanSa while Lion Heart dispatched Vaiala Tongan 5-2.
UTULEI YOUTH 2, FC SKBC 2 (CUP MATCH)
Ne’emia Kaleopa helped Utulei comeback from a 0-2 deficit to tie the match 2-2 with two goals in the second half.
Jerry Kena and Ene Ah Sam scored in the first half but the second saw Utulei pick up on the attacking load and had many missed opportunities for the win.
LION HEART 5, VAIALA TONGAN 2
It was a competition match despite the high scoring win by Lion Heart as Vaiala Tongan was able to equalize it at 1-1. At the half Lion Heart was up 2-1.
But Lion Heart slowly asserted itself in the match and were helped by two penalty goals in their favor for the win.
ILAOA & TO’OMATA 6, PANSA 1
Gun Chul Kang erupted for five goals against PanSa as last year’s Division 2 champs walked away with a big win on their first match in the top bracket.
Ilaoa & To’omata have emerged as a top contender for the Division 1 title after this big win on the opening weekend.
DIVISION 2
TAFUNA JETS 3, BLACK ROSES 0 (CUP MATCH)
Black Roses drew lots to win the Cup but held it for a short period of time as Tafuna wrested it away with a 3-0 win last Saturday.
By the end of the first half Tafuna was leading 2-0 before scoring one more time in the last period of the game.
PAGO YOUTH 19, VAITOGI UNITED 0
Pago Youth burst onto the National League side with a big, 19-0 win over Vaitogi United.
The former champion of the National League, Pago Youth did not field a squad during the 2014 season. But they are back and still strong, albeit starting from the bottom division.
WOMEN’S 7-A-SIDE
Seven women’s teams are competing in a 7-a-side format with the Cup challenge match also being used in the league.
The seven teams are Cup holders and defending champs Utulei Youth, Presdient’s Cup defending champions PanSa, Tafuna Jets, Lion Heart, Green Bay and Vaiala Tongan and teams play two twice every other Saturday.
Utulei Youth, the FFAS women’s Cup holders, retained the cup in both its challenges last week.
Round 1 results:
Tafuna Jets (BYE)
Utulei Youth 5, Green Bay 0 (Cup)
Lion Heart 3, Ilaoa & To’omata 1
PanSa 4, Vaiala Tongan 0
Round 2 results:
Ilaoa & To’omata (BYE)
Utulei Youth 3, Vaiala Tongan 0 (CUP)
Tafuna Jets 3, Lion Heart 1
PanSa 4, Green Bay 0

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