ANZ Bank now sit on top of pool B with a record of 5 wins and 1 draw. They are 5 points clear of SBS/ACE who are in second place. This is a remarkable turnaround for a team that failed to win a game in the pool stages in last year’s competition.
SBS/Ace won by default against Min of Agriculture and will play ANZ this week in a must win match if they hope to secure second place in the pool. CSL and SWA will hope that this does not happen since a win for them in their last round of matches could see them finish ahead of SBS/Ace.
Pool A action saw the top three teams in SamoaTel, NUS staff soccer team and NPI all record wins. Going into the last round this week, these three teams will have to fight it out for the top two spots to qualify for the cup competition. Also with SamoaTel and Nus Staff going head to head, both teams know the winner will be guaranteed a spot in the cup quarterfinals.
SamoaTel; however, have the advantage in knowing that a draw will be enough for them to qualify. NPI who plays Development Bank will go through with a win.
SNPF, who lead Pool C, scored in the last minute against Redbacks to win 1-0. Second place Min of Justice also won 1-0 against Legislative. Both teams are on top of pool C and will qualify if they win their respective matches this week. In other action from Pool C, Samoa Shipping drew 2-2 against Fono’s takeaways and Audit Staff and Tradepac also drew 1-1.
Punjas and Min’s of Police on Friday both qualified for the cup quarterfinal from Pool D. Punjas came from behind against Transam to win 3-2 and Min of Police also had to work hard in their 3-2 win against Lesa’s Telephone service.
In other results from the week: BOC won by default against Development Bank, Samoa Water Authority won 3-2 to SMI, CSL won 5-2 over Water Resource Division, National Bank defeated Origin Energy 5-1, and Peace Corps defeated UN/SPREP 5-1