The Women’s FFAS National Cup has changed hands once again, with Ilaoa & To’omata wresting it away from the Tafuna Jets after a 1-0 win during their game on Match Day 3 of the 2017 FFAS National League.
Ilaoa & To’omata started the season as holders of the Cup before losing it to Taputimu Youth in the season’s first challenge game for the hardware. A week later, Taputimu Youth coughed it up to the Tafuna Jets, who have now lost it to Ilaoa & To’omata for the second year running.
The Jets lost the Cup last year to Ilaoa & To’omata, and repeated that result last Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
In other games, it was Taputimu Youth 0, Vaiala Tongan 0; Royal Puma 2, Pago Youth 0; Green Bay 1, PanSa 0 and Black Roses 1, Lion Heart 0.
ILAOA & TO’OMATA 1, TAFUNA JETS 0
It was a back and forth game between the two teams with neither one gaining and advantage over the other. Each team would have their opportunities to score with the Tafuna Jets maintaining possession during certain stretches of the game.
After that Ilaoa & To’omata would then take control of the game and enjoy possession inside Tafuna’s side of the half. In the second half, a counterattack by the Leone-based team midway through the period led to the game’s only goal.
Ama Faleao got on to a good pass inside the box and blasted it into the top of the far corner for the game’s only score.
After that Tafuna turned up the heat but they could not score an equalizer.
Ilaoa & To’omata will face Vaiala Tongan in this week’s Cup match while the Jets play against Black Roses.
TAPUTIMU YOUTH 0, VAIALA TONGAN 0
Vaiala Tongan dominated possession and shot attempts in this game, but could not quite score a goal in what turned out to be their second tie out of three games of the season.
Taputimu Youth did not play great themselves, but did enough to stave off the wave of attacks coming at them, especially their goalie Grace Fanolua. She was steady in front of the net, calmly making saves on shots that came directly to her.
ROYAL PUMA 2, PAGO YOUTH 0
Royal Puma did all the scoring in the first half, with goals coming from Kristine Tuatoo and Vaileu Sua.
Both teams then played to a scoreless second half.
GREEN BAY 1, PANSA 0
Green Bay eked out a 1-0 win over PanSa thanks to a lone goal in the first half of their game.
BLACK ROSES 1, LION HEART 0
Deiondre Ott scored the game’s only goal for Black Roses just two minutes before the halftime break, and they would take that lone score all the way to the end for the win.
Black Roses enjoyed possession of the ball but only managed one score in the game.