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Samoa Cup for 2011: A great Success.

The Women’s competition was won by the East Zone, which won 2-0 in the final against the North Zone. The Football Federation Samoa (FFS) had organized the one-week long tournament
This Samoa Cup format saw all the National League teams put into four different zone teams. Also taking part in the Samoa Cup was the National Team Squads for Men and Women as part of their preparation for the up and coming 2011 Pacific games. However the National teams were not eligible to participate in the finals.
Also invited to participate in the tournament was Men’s and Women’s from the big island of Savaii. This was the first time that teams from Savaii took part in a FFS tournament for several years. The team was made up of players mainly from the Faasaleleaga district.
Acting FFS CEO Sarai Bareman commented on Savaii’s participation “It has been great having a men’s and women’s team participating from Savaii in the Samoa Cup. FFS is committed to see the game grow not just in Upolu but also in Savaii. Having representative teams from Savaii take part in competitions is an important part of our development”.
The Women’s final had the East Zone take on the North Zone. The East was made up of players from Moataa and Moaula United, while the North Zone had players from Kiwi and Apia Youth.
On the way to the final The East Zone needed two 1-0 victories over Savaii and The West Zone. The North Zone was able to secure a spot in the final with a 2-0 win over South in the last game of the pool rounds.
In the final the East Zone got of to a great start by scoring 2 early goals through striker Hazel Vagaia. At the start of the second half the North Zone tried to play more offensive football knowing they would need to score goals to have any chance of a comeback. However East’s defence had other ideas and their team held on for a 2-0 win. The East team had secured the title without conceding a goal in the whole tournament.
The Savaii women’s team won the match for 3rd and 4th place over South.
The Men’s final saw the West Zone take on South Zone. On their way to the final the West Zone team that was made up mainly of player from Sogi and Central United saw them defeat Savaii 5-1 in their opening game. They than managed a hard fought 1-0 win against the East Zone. Their opponents the South Zone needed a late penalty in a 1-1 against the North Zone to qualify for the final. The South Zone had comprised of players from Adidas, Vaimoso and One Way Win.

In the opening minutes of the final West went on the offensive creating several good scoring opportunities. However against the run of play South took the lead thanks to Iosefo Ioane in the 25 minute through a great long-range effort from just outside the penalty box. Despite being a goal down West were able to equalize 7 minutes later through Kevin Ah Kuoi.
At the start of the second half both teams went on the attack looking to take the lead. West midfielder Eteueni Tyrell than gave his side the lead for the first time in the 60th minute. West striker Tominiko Tokuma than calmly added a third goal from the penalty spot for West in the 70th minute. Robert Hellesoe than sealed the win after a well-worked counter attack by West. 4-1 in favour of West is how the match finished.
North Zone’s men’s team were able to win the match for 3 and 4 over East in a penalty shootout after both teams finished the game level after the score finished 3-3.
On the Tournament Bareman added “I think this tournament has been a huge success and I want to thank all the players, coaches, referees and supporters for making this possible. Also, a special thank you to the tournament sponsors Samoa Shipping Corporation for their generous support”.

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