Royal Puma has retained the men’s FFAS National Cup for a second straight week in a close, 3-2 game against Pago Youth B.
In other games, it was Tafuna Jets 1, Utulei Youth 1; Black Roses 3, Lion Heart 0; Vaiala Tongan 3, Ilaoa & To’omata 0; Green Bay 2, Taputimu Youth 0 and Pago Youth 5, PanSa 0.
Royal Puma streaked to a 3-0 lead against the younger Pago Youth squad thanks to a hat trick by Walter Pati in the first half. But in the second, Pago Youth B slowly came back thanks to a goal from Kelvin Tauta 10 minutes into the period. Tia Silao made it 3-2 after a brilliant direct kick from just outside the box that attacked the near post, and the ball going right by the defenders’ wall and away from the goalkeeper.
Both teams came close several times in the last 20 minutes to score but great defending kept the game at 3-2 with Royal Puma retaining the cup for a second straight week, 3-2. The week before they held off Black Roses 8-0 in their first defense of the cup after taking it away from Pago Youth A in a 4-2 game on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.
Royal Puma will put up their cup this week against Green Bay while Pago B takes on Ilaoa & To’omata.
TAFUNA JETS 1, UTULEI YOUTH 1
Utulei Youth scored first but it was the Tafuna Jets that had the last laugh in the game after their goalie blocked two penalty kicks in the last 10 minutes of the game to walk off with a tie.
The draw helped Tafuna remain in second place of the standings, just behind the leader, and cup holder, Royal Puma.
The Jets have emerged as one of the strong teams in this league as well as Utulei Youth, with both teams having a handful of talented young players.
Tafuna faces off against Vaiala Tongan this coming Saturday while Utulei Youth plays against Black Roses.
BLACK ROSES 3, LION HEART 0
Black Roses shocked one of the league’s perennial contenders with a 3-0 showing thanks to a brace of goals from Patrick Ah Fook.
The win helped keep Black Roses a spot (No. 10) ahead of Lion Heart (No. 11) in the standings. Black Roses will play against Utulei this week while Lion Heart faces Pago Youth A.
VAIALA TONGAN 3, ILAOA & TO’OMATA 0
Vaiala Tongan earned their first win of the season after a two-goal effort in the second half. Scoring goals for them were Kauvaha Tua, Fusi Malani and Chris Faamoana.
Vaiala Tongan plays against the Jets this week while Ilaoa & To’omata take on Pago Youth B.
GREEN BAY 2, TAPUTIMU YOUTH 0
Green Bay won their first game of the season after scoring both goals in the second half of their game.
Taputimu Youth had to play a man down after a red card cost them their 11th player’s participation in the match.
Green Bay will challenge for the cup this week against Royal Puma while Taputimu Youth plays against PanSa.
PAGO YOUTH A 5, PANSA 0
Pago Youth A won their second game in a row to stay in third place in the standings thanks to five different goal scorers against PanSa.
Puni Samuelu, Faimalo ‘Rambo’ Tapui III and Ryan Samuelu scored the first three goals in the first half, followed by Tapui III’s second goal in the second and one from Ueli Tualaulelei.
Pago Youth takes on Lion Heart this week while PanSa goes up against Taputimu Youth.