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Women’s football heats up

Apia Youth were the first to strike with their inspiring performance in round eight, against competition leaders, Cruz Azul.
The Apia girls held the top team to a 1-1 tie, right up until the 56th minute when Cruz striker Emeline Ioane’s goal finally redeemed her shaken team. Although Cruz eventually walked away with the win, it was Apia Youth that earned kudos for a match well played.
The Apia girls did it again last week, against second-placed, Adidas SC.
Frustrated Adidas couldn’t control the game as well as they had wanted. Apia captain, Saini Umutaua dominated the midfield while defenders Ofeira Une and Iki Matautia closed down and forced Adidas attackers wide. At half-time, the match was locked at nil all.
Luckily for Adidas, salvation came early in the second spell when an Apia defender was cited for a handball offence, making way for Adidas striker, Hana Malo, to pocket the only goal of the match.
Moataa SC defied the odds holding an Kiwi SC to a nil all tie until Veronica O’Brien edged Kiwi ahead, after receiving the perfect ball from a corner kick.
Moataa captain, Fulisia Talia’s leadership skills were commendable as the midfielder was everpresent on the pitch, contesting and feeding passes through to her young strikers. Moataa’s loss was only due to lack of experience in the attacker’s ranks; possession and opportunity-wise, the match could have easily gone Moataa’s way.
In the final women’s match of the round, Moaula United FC defeated an experienced Goldstar Star Sogi lineup, 1-0.

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