Defending champions Pago Youth got off to a great start in their defense of last year’s title with a 5-0 win over Utulei Youth in the start of the 2017 FFAS National League on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.
They also wrested away the new FFAS Men’s Challenge Cup from Utulei Youth with the win. The previous cup was held by Utulei for three years straight, thereby cementing it with their club for good. This new cup now resides in Pago Pago after the first weekend of the 2017 season.
In other games, it was Lion Heart 1, Royal Puma 1; Taputimu Youth 4, PanSa 2; Green Bay 3, Tafuna Jets 1; Vaiala Tongan A 11, Vaiala Tongan B 0, and Black Roses awarded a win by forfeit over Ilaoa & To’omata.
PAGO YOUTH 5, UTULEI YOUTH 0
Pago Youth dominated against a much depleted Utulei Youth team, with a 5-0 scoreline.
Utulei Youth is depleted after many of their best players changed area codes, such as international representatives Kaleopa Siligi and Ne’emia Kaleopa, to name a few, who are now living in the US. They also did not have the services of Elama Fa’atonu who is traveling off island.
With that depleted squad, it was only a matter of time before Pago Youth asserted its dominance, and they did after a tough fight from Utulei in the first 20 minutes of the match.
Rambo Tapui scored twice in the game for Pago Youth, and adding to his offensive output were Ryan Samuelu, Gabriel Taumua and Nissan Penitusi. At the halftime mark Pago Youth was leading 3-0.
This week Pago Youth puts the cup up against Green Bay, while Utulei Youth takes on Taputimu Youth.
LION HEART 1, ROYAL PUMA 1
Lion Heart was aggressive in their attacks throughout the game, but only managed to score one goal in the 1-1 draw with Royal Puma, thanks to great defense from the latter.
Charmaney Faatupuinati eventually helped Lion Heart break through that defense in the first half of the game, only to see Milo Tiatia of Royal Puma score the equalizer in the the second half.
Lion Heart will play against Vaiala Tongan A this week while Royal Puma takes on Black Roses.
TAPUTIMU YOUTH 4, PANSA 2
Taputimu Youth edged PanSa 4-2 in a tough game between these two clubs, despite the two-goal difference at the end.
Matthew Lagai scored all four goals for Taputimu. Early in the first half Taputimu led 2-0, only to see PanSa storm back and tie the game at 2-2, thanks to goals from Jacob Scanlan and Faiai Kerisiano.
After collecting themselves, Taputimu managed to break the tie and go on to win 4-2. They will face off against Utulei Youth this week while PanSa plays against Ilaoa & To’omata.
GREEN BAY 3, TAFUNA JETS 1
Joseph Choi scored two goals in helping Green Bay beat Tafuna Jets 3-1. Sui Aina scored the third goal for the winning team, while Tala Fa’alavaau scored the Jets’ lone goal.
Green Bay will challenge for the cup this week while the Jets face Vaiala Tongan B.
VAIALA TONGAN A 11, VAIALA TONGAN B 0
Vaiala Tongan Soccer Club has two teams competing in this year’s National League, and their A squad got the better of the B team with an 11-0 showing.
Sione Moeaki scored six of the 11 goals, and his brother Takai Pouli scored two in the game.
Vaiala Tongan A will play Lion Heart this week while Tongan B takes on the Tafuna Jets.
BLACK ROSES 3, ILAOA & TO’OMATA 0 (FORFEIT)
Ilaoa & To’omata won the game, but had to forfeit after they were found to have used an ineligible player that is registered with a different club.
Black Roses will play against Royal Puma while Ilaoa & To’omata takes on PanSa this week.