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FFAS President’s Cup semi-final pairings

Both games will kick off simultaneously at 10:30 a.m. at Kananafou Theological Center.
Teams drew numbers last Saturday to determine the pairings.
These two teams have already played, pairing up against one another on Oct. 9, 2010 in their Pool B match of the 2010 FFAS National League.
Vailoatai won 2-1 in a very tightly contested game with the first half ending 1-1.
Of the two teams Vailoatai is in form, winning (combined with President’s Cup matches) seven games in a row. Recently they walked away from a game for the first time in 11-a-side soccer not as winners, and not as losers as well. They drew with FC SKBC 1-1 in National League action and will be looking to punish their next opponent, which happens to be PanSa.
To reach the semi-finals they beat Fagasa Youth 4-1 on Oct. 11 and then crushed Kiwi Soccers 18-2 on Oct. 30.
As for PanSa, they held off Tafuna Jets A 2-1 and then beat PanSa 4-1 in the quarterfinals.
They have not had a great season in the National League compared to their fortunate climb to the semi-finals of the President’s Cup, winning twice while losing four. Of those four losses only one was by a big margin while the others were very close. They have very talented players, some who grew up in the sport but have been beset mainly in the scoring department.
They will need to iron that out if they hope to reach the President Cup’s final.
Both Black Roses and Lion Heart have played one tough opponent each in their first two games of the knock-out cup tournament and one easy one as well.
Black Roses had a tough one recently against FC SKBC, just edging them 3-2 on Oct. 30 while breezing through Lauli’i 6- on Oct. 11. They have talent in every position, including two of the best players on island in Dion Ott and Bob Nu’usila. They will be without the services of the latter after accumulating two yellow cards in their win against SKBC but they have other able and apt replacemnets for Nu’usila to get the job done.
With Ott controlling the middle and dishing off great passes as well as the many number of great options on their team they are the favorites to win this match.
Lion Heart went through a marathon first-rounder against Pago A, playing 120 minutes of a 0-0 draw. It was the shootout that got them through the next round where they won by forfeit over a no-show Pago Youth B.
They will be getting the services of Solomon Islander Trevor Kaitu’u this time as he cannot play on Saturdays due to his faith (Seventh Day Adventist), but his addition adds an extra spark to their team especially with his excellent footwork and passing abilities.
Lion Heart has a bone to pick with Black Roses as the latter defeated the former in the 2010 Futsal League championship match and this is a way for them to avenge that loss.
Good luck to all teams!

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