The women’s FFAS National Cup has changed hands for the second straight week, with Utulei Youth beating PanSa 2-0 to end their season on a high note on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018.
Utulei Youth also barged their way into the top four playoffs picture with the win, moving up two spots from No. 5 to No. 3. PanSa was eliminated from the competing in the postseason, losing out to Pago Youth’s greater goals difference tiebreaker as both teams have 20 points each.
In other Round 11 games, it was Taputimu Youth 4, Green Bay 0, while Ilaoa & To’omata and Royal Puma won by forfeit over Pago Youth and the Tafuna Jets, respectively.
The final standings are No. 1 Taputimu Youth (8-1-1), No. 2 Ilaoa & To’omata (7-2-1), No. 3 Utulei Youth (7-1-2) and No. 4 Pago Youth (6-2-2). These are this year’s postseason competitors to determine the champion for 2018.
The rest of the standings are No. 5 PanSa (6-2-2), No. 6 Royal Puma (4-3-3), No. 7 Vaiala Tongan (4-1-5), No. 8 Green Bay (2-3-5) and No. 9 Tafuna Jets (2-0-8). The other two teams that started the competition, Lion Heart and Black Roses, did not place after being disqualified from the league for accumulating two forfeits each.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, No. 1 Taputimu Youth
UTULEI YOUTH 2, PANSA 0
Lino Mareko scored in the 8th minute for Utulei Youth, and it was a long time before they were able to score the second goal to assure their victory.
PanSa camped in front of Utulei Youth’s penalty area for most of the second half, but great defensive play by the challengers, and in particular, their goalie, helped stave off a score by the cup holders.
With only six minutes remaining in the game, Utulei finally got their extra cushion with a goal by Mekiraenna Taumoepeau.
PanSa took the cup away from Pago Youth a week ago before losing it to Utulei Youth, and this is the fourth team to hold the hardware this season. Vaiala Tongan started off as the original holders of the cup, before Pago Youth took it away on Sept. 22, 2018.
TAPUTIMU YOUTH 4, GREEN BAY 0
Taputimu Youth retained its No. 1 spot in the final standings with a 4-0 win against Green Bay.
Salevu Filiva’a completed a hat trick for Taputimu Youth to finish strong going into the playoffs.