A last minute goal from Solomon Island's Jack Whitney sealed a hard fought victory for Amical FC over Tafea FC in the TVL Cup final on Saturday.
The two teams entered the Port Vila Stadium in front of a record number of crowds whom had arrived several hours earlier before the finals took place eager.
Amical FC took the reins early with a superb free kick from Amical captain, Fenedy Masauvakalo.
New Amical Solomon Islands import player Gibson Daudau was taken down just inside the 30 metres mark and Fenedy stepped up and calmly converted a fantastic free kick sending a swerving ball over the Tafea wall and into an empty Tafea net.
It was not long before Tafea got back into the game with a Samson Obed spot kick after a handball error in the penalty box.
The First half ended with both team at 1-1.
The second half saw a hard fought match with both teams trying to get back into the game.
Tafea had numerous chances to go one up but failed to capitalize with Francois Sakama coming close only to be denied by an Ernest Bong brilliant save and Tafea's Michael Kaltak failing to convert a Jean Nako pass just inside the 6 metres mark.
After what seemed to be a goal drought second half, it was Jack Whitney that shattered Tafea's hopes with a goal that sealed the TVL Cup for Amical FC in 89 minutes.
Amical Management before the game said that they will be using this match as a preparation for their O League campaign next month against Hekari and what a preparation it is, with new import Gibson Daudau proving his worth as a worthy player setting up the first goal.
Andrew Leong Amical Team manager and main sponsor said, "I am happy for my team performances today and thank Tafea FC for a very good match," he said.
"I think we played better, faster, we found space. In the first half we played too slow, it was easy for Tafea to defend. But it was an interesting game and I am very happy."
"I just know Gibson Daudau few days ago. He is in a good moment, he is fresh because he did not plays a lot of games with us and he played very well in this match and thank Whitney who scored the winning goal and thank you too to all my players and club supporters," he said.
This week Port Vila Football Association Championship kicks off with its 2010/2011 Season and "today I see some potential Vanuatu reps in the field and Vanuatu Football Federation should be proud at the rate Vanuatu football is going," said a happy Amical fan after the match.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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