Utulei Youth retained the weekly challenge Cup against the Black Roses while Pago Youth, and the Tafuna Jets needed last minute goals to secure wins on Match Day 2 of the men’s 2016 FFAS National League.
Pago Youth edged Lion Heart 2-1, while the Jets eked by Vaiala Tongan 2-1. In other games it was Green Bay 4, Royal Puma 2 and Ilaoa & To’omata 4, PanSa 0.
UTULEI YOUTH 4, BLACK ROSES 0 (CUP MATCH)
Despite the 4-0 score, Utulei Youth had a tough time against Black Roses during their Cup match on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
Black Roses stifled Utulei for most of the first half, but at the same time could not convert on chances at goal in the opening 10 minutes. The challengers were able to turn away several shots on goal due to excellent goalkeeping.
After seeing many of his own shots deflected or go wayward, Kaleopa Siligi finally put his team on the scoreboard as he curved a direct kick from the right, edge of the box with about five minutes left in the first half.
In the second, Utulei kept up their attacks and came away with three more goals to retain the Cup for the second straight week. Ne’emia Kaleopa scored twice while Kaisa Maiva scored on a brilliant header off of a Kome Tomasi header.
Royal Puma will challenge Utulei for the cup this week, while Black Roses faces off against the Tafuna Jets.
PAGO YOUTH 2, LION HEART 1
Rambo Tapui helped Pago Youth come back from a 1-0 deficit to win during the last minutes of the game against Lion Heart, 2-1.
Down 1-0, Tapui equalized midway through the second half, and then assisted on the game winning goal to Gene Ne’emia.
Lion Heart had befuddled Pago Youth in the first half, playing a wide, open game with great movement of the ball. In the second, they went away from that game plan, and were more defensive, giving their opponents a big chunk of ball possession.
That eventually led to Tapui blasting a shot to tie the game, and then found an open Ne’emia inside the box for the clincher. It is Pago Youth’s second straight win and first loss of the season for Lion Heart.
Pago Youth will play against Green Bay, and Lion Heart takes on laoa & To’omata this Saturday.
TAFUNA JETS 2, VAIALA TONGAN 1
Sam ‘Pili’ Taulealo blasted the game-winner against Vaiala Tongan with just a minute to spare in the game as the Tafuna Jets earned their first win of the season. Tafuna drew 2-2 with Ilaoa & To’omata during the opening weekend of the National League.
Misipele Musu scored in the first half on a long shot that Jets’ goalie KB Mariota misjudged, thinking that it was heading over the crossbar, but instead dropped in for a goal.
Tuaoloina Solofa scored the equalizer in the second half for the Jets. Tafuna will play against Black Roses, and Vaiala Tongan against PanSa this coming Saturday.
GREEN BAY 4, ROYAL PUMA 2
Green Bay earned their first win of the season with a 4-2 score against Royal Puma.
At the end of the first half Green Bay was up 2-0, and they went on to win 4-2 thanks to a brace of goals from Stewart Sotoa and Levini Afono.
ILAOA & TO’OMATA 4, PANSA 0
Donald Hong scored twice to help Ilaoa & To’omata earn their first win of the season by beating PanSa 4-0.
Zedi Devesi and Miguel Diaz also scored for Ilaoa & To’omata.