Pago Youth and Green Bay played to a thrilling 2-2 draw for the men’s FFAS National Cup on Match Day 2 of the 2017 FFAS National League on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
The tie allowed Pago Youth to retain the Cup in their first defense since winning it from Utulei Youth a week earlier, With the former and Green Bay sharing the weekly monetary prize equally. The team that wins the cup gets the monetary prize all to themselves, but if it ends in a draw both teams will split it down the middle.
In other games, it was Lion Heart 6, Vaiala Tongan A 1; Ilaoa & To’omata 3, PanSa 1; Royal Puma 5, Black Roses 0; Utulei Youth 6, Taputimu Youth 1 and Tafuna Jets 7, Vaiala Tongan B 1.
PAGO YOUTH 2, GREEN BAY 2 (CUP GAME)
Green Bay came out fighting and gave it their best shot, easily putting forth their best performance that surprised a lot of the fans watching. The game went down to the wire and they gave a good accounting of themselves.
Green Bay was down by a goal twice against the defending champs but fought back for the equalizer on each occasion.
As the first half ended, Gabriel Taumua raced to a lob pass with defenders caught standing around waiting for an off side call. However, Taumua had timed it perfectly as the flag stayed down, and he slotted the goal into the far post for a 1-0 lead.
In the second half Pati Forsythe equalized for Green Bay 10 minutes in, before Rambo Tapui scored on an indirect free kick midway through the period to go up 2-1.
Pamata Punefu would equalize for Green Bay after getting to a cross that Pago’s goalie missed punching away.
Pago Youth will take on Vaiala Tongan B this coming Saturday while Green Bay faces off against Taputimu Youth.
LION HEART 6, VAIALA TONGAN 1
This game featured a few of the competition’s contenders for the 2017 title, but Lion Heart proved to be the better of the two with a 6-1 score at game’s end.
At halftime break Lion Heart was up 3-0 thanks to goals from Jordan Leilua, Harvey Manu and Nelson Moala. In the second half Ufi Feagaimalii, Hiva Tu’ulau and Poni Maile added to those scores. Lion Heart will play Black Roses this week.
Sione Moeaki scored the lone goal for Vaiala Tongan A, and they will prepare this week for the Tafuna Jets.
ILAOA & TO’OMATA 3, PANSA 1
Joseph Koroidi scored two goals in helping Ilaoa & To’omata overcome PanSa 3-1.
Jacob Scanlan scored for PanSa in their second straight defeat.
Ilaoa & To’omata takes on Utulei Youth this week while PanSa faces Royal Puma.
ROYAL PUMA 5, BLACK ROSES 0
Royal Puma took it to Black Roses with a 5-0 showing, thanks in part to a hat trick from Walter Pati.
It was a tough first half with Royal Puma only leading 1-0, but in the second half they were able to score in bunches and come away with a big win. Anapogi Fonoti and Filo Mata’u scored the other two goals in the game.
TAFUNA JETS 7, VAIALA TONGAN B 1
Sam ‘Pili’ Taulealo, Ati Savaiinaea and Pouono Samuelu all scored two goals each in their 7-1 win against Vaiala Tongan B last Saturday.
Despite the score, it was a close game in the first half with the Jets only leading 2-0 from Taulealo’s brace of goals.