Royal Puma is a win away from clinching the 2017 FFAS Women’s National League title going into the final Match Day set for Saturday, November 11.
They will face off against the Tafuna Jets, while in the meantime, second place Vaiala Tongan will receive an automatic win over Lion Heart.
Match Day 8 results saw Vaiala Tongan retain the women’s FFAS National Cup with a 7-0 win over Pago Youth, while in other games it was Royal Puma 7, Ilaoa & To’omata 1, PanSa 4, Taputimu Youth 1 and Black Roses 3, Green Bay 0 in a win by forfeit.
Royal Puma is ahead by two points over Vaiala Tongan (22-20) in the standings, with the former having a 7-1-0 record to the latter’s 6-2-0. Royal Puma’s loan tie in the season came against Vaiala Tongan in a 1-1 result on the opening weekend of the competition. Vaiala Tongan had a second draw, coming in a 0-0 finish against Taputimu Youth September 23, 2017.
Royal Puma cannot afford a draw or loss, as a tie will bring them level with Vaiala Tongan, and the latter would clinch the title based on a higher differential in goals tiebreaker (23-17). A loss, and Vaiala Tongan’s win by forfeit once it becomes official on Saturday, will have Royal Puma down by a point, 23-22.
A separate knockout tournament is scheduled to kickoff on November 18 using the standings top eight teams, broken into two groups consisting of a top 4 and middle four competition.
VAIALA TONGAN 7, PAGO YOUTH 0 (CUP CHALLENGE MATCH)
It was a tough game in the beginning, especially in the first half with Oloataua Tofaeono scoring a brace of goals to help her team lead at the break, 2-0.
But as the game progressed in the second half, Vaiala Tongan exerted its dominance with five goals scored, three of them a hat trick by Mala Mataiao.
Pago Youth is No. 8 in the standings with one more game to go.
ROYAL PUMA 7, ILAOA & TO’OMATA 1
Legalo Masunu scored two goals in the first half for Royal Puma, while Alicia Lenheart completed a hat trick in the second half to help their team win 7-1.
Susan Godinet scored Ilaoa & To’omata’s only goal of the game. The Leone-based team is No. 9 in the standings.
PANSA 4, TAPUTIMU YOUTH 1
Melinda Tua gave PanSa extra cushion in the second half with a brace of goals to turn a 2-1 game into a 4-1 win. PanSa is fith in the standings while Taputimu Youth sits at No. 7. Salevu Filiva’a scored for Taputimu.
BLACK ROSES 3, GREEN BAY 0 (FORFEIT)
Black Roses won by forfeit after Green Bay failed to field the minimum (9) number of players required to start the game.
Black Roses is third in the standings and Green Bay fourth.