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Ilaoa & To’omata wins Division 2

“This is a great, wonderful surprise,” said FFAS President Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet who also doubles as president of the Ilaoa & To’omata Club. “Malo boys, malo finau, malo tau!”
In other games it was Green Bay 7, Atu’u Broncos 2 and Vaitogi United by forfeit over Vaiala Tongan B with a 3-0 scoreline on the last day of the league.
When these teams met in the first round Ilaoa & To’omata won 3-0 in another tough match and this time around it was much harder because the Leone-based team happened to be Cup holders. They took the Cup away from Vaitogi two Saturdays ago.
In this latest match, the winning goal by Paia Ipiniu came late in the match after numerous chances from both sides failed.
“It is a great feeling to win the Division 2 championship,” explained Tala Fa’alavaau, the team’s player/coach. “Black Roses was very tough to beat today, but our boys kept attacking until we finally scored.
“We also got lucky that Black Roses was not able to score and that came from great teamwork and cooperation by our defenders and goalkeeper.
“This championship is for our president Faiivae and his family for their help and support each and every week. Many thanks to our players as well for their hard work this year and we look forward to competing in the next tournament, the President’s Cup.”
With the division title in hand, Ilaoa & To’omata will move up to Division 1 in 2014 and will leave behind the Division 2 Cup.
“I’m sure they are going to be up to the challenge of playing against much better opponents and we are looking forward to it,” said Faiivae.
Ilaoa & To’omata’s main challenge for the Division 2 title was Atu’u Broncos at the end of the first round. Ilaoa & To’omata led by two points at that point (13-11) after both teams met and played to a 1-1 draw. That was Ilaoa & To’omata’s only tie to go along with four wins while Atu’u was 3-2-0.
But Atu’u stumbled in the second round with a tie and a loss to start the second round, thereby losing ground to Ilaoa & To’omata in the points race. The eventual champions swept the second round with a perfect 5-0 record to finish 11 points ahead of the second place Broncos and with a final record of 9-1-0.
Vaitogi tied Atu’u with 17 points at the end of the season but the Broncos won second place with a 22-20 differential in goals.
Black Roses finishes fourth, followed by Green Bay and Vaiala Tongan B to complete the standings.