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Vailoatai wins FFAS President’s Cup

The goal came with a minute remaining to play in the match and when referee David Crichton blew the final whistle, Vailoatai celebrated vociferously at Kananafou Theological Center in a game that had a Hollywood ending — finishing in dramatic fashion.
“This is a big accomplishment for our youth and village especially since we are a new club member of FFAS,” explained Tanuvasa Vailoa Levaula, president of Vailoatai Youth Soccer Club. “Our team, club and village are really excited about this and this is a great thing because it will boost the morale of our youth towards this sport, soccer.”
Vailoatai’s rise to the top of the President’s Cup and great showing in the National League has been a pleasant surprise and if this team returns next year they will be among the early favorites of competitions, joining the likes of Black Roses and Pago Youth.
Lion Heart themselves played magnificently and went down fighting.
“It was a very well played game, well officiated and it could have gone either way,” Tanuvasa pointed out.
After a scoreless first half, Fa’apouli Feagaimaali’i scored for Lion Heart through his tenacity in chasing down a through ball. Vailoa defender Tafa Kerisiano shielded the rolling ball so that his goalie could pick it up but Feagaimali’i snuck in a shot that found the back of the net and a 1-0 lead five minutes into the second half.
But 15 minutes later Tanielu Tanielu blasted a shot meters from the goalie’s box for the equalizer that had a majority-Vailoa fan base cheering ecstatically.
In the first half of the extra period Petaia scored a go-ahead goal about three minutes into the period but it did not last for long as Vailoa was whistled for tripping in the penalty area, thus giving Lion Heart the easy equalizer with Ufi Feagaimaali’i doing the honors.
Then, with a minute to go and a shootout looming, Petaia became the hero after scoring the game-winner.
“We are looking forward to pushing the development of our club to another level,” Tanuvasa said. “We are now challenging our kids to work hard in school because FFAS is working on helping our talented youth further their education and also talent in the sport.
“I thank all the participants of this competition and we are looking forward to the new year of competitions.”

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