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Utulei Youth wins President’s Cup in 2-1 thriller

Utulei Youth wins President’s Cup in 2-1 thriller
Utulei Youth hoisted the men’s FFAS President’s Perpetual Cup after beating Lion Heart in a thrilling 2-1 match on Saturday, Nov. 28 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
“Congratulations to both teams for a great game and congratulations to Utulei Youth for winning the President’s Cup,” said FFAS President Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet during the awards ceremony after the match. “Utulei Youth has now won twice this year, winning the National League title and now this.”
Ryan Samuelu scored the winning goal after getting to a through ball ahead of the second to last defender for a 1-on-1 with the goalie. Samuelu calmly slotted in the shot to the far post for the game, and Cup-winning goal.
He also had a hand in the first goal, or rather, own-goal by Lion Heart. A Samuelu cross was inadvertently blocked into the back of the net by a Lion Heart defender to tie the match at 1-1.
Lion Heart’s goal came on a cross that Sam Kome timed perfectly for the score that gave his team a brief, 1-0 lead. All this occurred in the last 15 minutes of the match.
“Today marks the end for all of our senior competitions for this year, but your rest will be short as I know we will have another full year of leagues in 2015,” Faiivae said.
Awards for both the 2014 men and women’s National League and President’s Cup competitions were handed out last Saturday.
Utulei Youth won tops for the President’s Cup with Lion Heart coming in second in the men’s division. Utulei goalie Palauni Tapusoa was named MVP of the championship game.
PanSa won the women’s President’s Cup tournament with Utulei Youth finishing second. Lion Heart got third place.
In the men’s National League, Utulei Youth won the title while Lion Heart was No. 2 and FC SKBC coming in third. The men’s Divison 1 MVP was Samuelu of Utulei.
In Division 2, Ilaoa & To’omata won, followed by Atu’u Broncos and Vaitogi United. Ilaoa & To’omata goalkeeper KB Mariota was named MVP of the division.
Utulei Youth won the women’s National League this year with PanSa finishing second and Lion Heart third. Fa’atupu Faavae of Utulei was named MVP of the division.

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