Tafea step up their opening match of the season and took on the Academy youngsters last weekend and came away with a 1-0 win thanks to a second half goal from new striker Noal Morris (11) in 83 minutes.
The game saw both teams struggling up front to create chances which left both teams goal less at half time.
After the break Tafea got more into the game through crucial defending by Captain Freddy Vava and veteran striker Richard Iwai up front creating havoc among the Academy players.
It was not long before Tafea found an opening upfront which saw striker Noal breaking away from the Academy defence to slot in and seal Tafea's win.
Wilson August, Academy assistant coach said, "Our boys were lucky to be 0-0 at half-time. In the first part of the game they could have killed us off. But I am convinced we would have won the game." The whole team was mentally unbelievable because we kept going and kept going, against an opponent that was class and both sides missed chances. We played against a great side but gave away one very cheap goal which is really beyond our understanding, "he concluded.
The win gives the Vanuatu Power Reds 3 points on the table.
Second match of the day saw the new revamped Yatel FC bouncing back from their opening day loss to Spirit 08 FC to produce a stunning 2-0 over a struggling Ifira Black Birds side.
The match was a one sided game as Yatel dominated both halfs.
Yatel striker Peter Lency got one in early in the second half and super sub Tom Loughman sealed the win through a low drive just outside the penalty box.
Last match of the day saw Fendey Masauvakalo, Moffat Deramoa and Jack Whitney seal a 3-1 win over Tupuji Imere.
First half saw Amical netting their 3 goals after dominating the first half.
After the break Tupuji shut down the entire Amical midfield to dominate the last half.
Tupuji's consolation goal came late in the second half after referee Bruce George called a handball in the penalty box and saw Ando Malampa making no mistake converting the penalty.
Photo: captain (6) Freddy Vava congratulating striker Noal Morris (11) after his crucial goal.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
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