Pago Youth, Lion Heart and Green Bay are all undefeated three weeks into the 2017 FFAS National League with similar records of 2-1-0.
Pago retained the men’s FFAS National Cup in an 11-1 win over Vaiala Tongan B while Lion Heart beat Black Roses 5-0, and Green Bay edged Taputimu Youth 1-0. In other games, it was Utulei Youth 3, Ilaoa & To’omata 1; PanSa 2, Royal Puma 1 and Vaiala Tongan A 11, Tafuna Jets 1.
With all three teams tied with seven points each, Pago Youth leads by differential in goals with 15, Lion Heart with 10 and Green has three. Pago Youth and Green Bay played to a 2-2 draw on Sept. 9, and both teams have yet to play against Lion Heart.
GREEN BAY 1, TAPUTIMU YOUTH 0
The winning goal came in the second half of a very close game with both teams getting ample opportunities to score.
Green Bay is a different team this year, emerging as one of the top contenders in the competition compared to years past. They have a genuine shot at the National League title this year if they continue this form.
LION HEART 5, BLACK ROSES 0
Lion Heart, a perennial top team in the competition from year to year, won with five goals scored, but all were not easy as Black Roses fought every step, every minute during the game.
They held Lion Heart to only two goals in the first half, and continued to play strong. However, the winning team’s experience came through in the end thanks to a brace of goals from Charmaney Fa’atupuinati, and singles from Paul Collins, Harvey Manu and Mata Satini.
PAGO YOUTH 11, VAIALA TONGAN B 1 (CUP GAME)
Pago Youth won easily against Vaiala Tongan B, the competition’s newest team in the league this year.
Gabriel Taumua led the way for Pago Youth with a hat trick, followed by Nissan Penitusi and Ryan Samuelu with two goals each.
UTULEI YOUTH 3, ILAOA & TO’OMATA 1
This was a game that could have gone either way, and perhaps it should have gone to Ilaoa & To’omata but for two strikes of the ball that went wayward.
With the game tied at 1-1, and looking at an open goal, an Ilaoa & To’omata player instead fell down before he could make the strike, allowing Utulei defenders to quickly clear the ball away from danger.
On another promising attack, with the left goal post wide open, instead a wayward strike went just left of the far post. Utulei took advantage of that with Kome Tomasi scoring the go-ahead goal in the 44th minute of the game, and Tuala Faatonu added one of his own in the 55th.
PANSA 2, ROYAL PUMA 1
Malo Tuiimoana scored a brace of goals in the first half to help PanSa stave off Royal Puma 2-1.
The win was Pansa’s first for the year, and the loss the first for Royal Puma as well.
VAIALA TONGAN A 11, TAFUNA JETS 1
Both teams started off evenly, fielding only nine players each and it reflected in the 1-1 score with the Tafuna Jets scoring first.
At the end of the first half, the game was still close at 3-1, but when Vaiala Tongan was able to field a full squad with 11 players, they dominated the game from then on. Sione Moeaki scored five goals on the day while Vaha Tua and Fusi Malani added two goals each.