Samoa win – means so much to SFSF NC
Samoa’s 5 -2 win on Saturday against the visiting Papakura team from NZ was another positive step forward for SFSF NC as the federation continues to restore football in Samoa.
After a two year layoff from International activity the Samoa Selection team showed strength and flair particularly in the second half to secure a 5 - 2 win over the visitors.
Papakura AFCs visit to Samoa marks the beginning of National team trials to select a pool of players for a development programme in the lead up to the 2011 South Pacific Games in New Caledonia. CEO Colin Tuaa says that it is important to start the process now and establish a programme that will prepare the National squad for success. Following this series we will begin a similar process for players based overseas.
Papakura started off strongly against Samoa Selection and dominated the opening exchanges against a hesitant local team. Papakura then took the lead in the 15th minute after a tidy finish through Darren Woolnough after Samoa conceded possession from a poor pass from custodian Sakaio Tokuma.
Samoa equalized in the 33rd minute after strong header from defender Fau found Striker Bert Keil who played a neat pass to Desmond Faauiaso who finished an angle shot in to the bottom right from 15 metres.
Papakura nearly took the lead when defender Stuart Greenaway pounced on a loose ball from a corner that hit the post. Samoa then attacked quickly and was awarded a penalty for handball after a shot from Faauiaso. Faauiaso then scored his second from the spot finishing the rebound following an initial save from Papakura’s Goal keeper Russell Dixon. Half time score 2-1 to the locals.
The Samoa selection extended their lead early in the second half with Faauiaso completing his hat-trick after some neat interplay that saw Faauiaso get on the end of a cross from Spencer Keil.
Samoa took control of the game and was constantly causing Papakura problems going forward. However against the run of play Samoa Goal keeper Tokuma, passed directly to a Papakura striker Rafael Monteiro who obliged by running in to goal unopposed to finish neatly in the bottom left hand corner.
Samoa responded quickly through striker Bert Keil who smashed in the fourth after another swift counter attack. Shortly after Keil was unlucky not to get his second after he thundered a free kick on to the post.
A fifth followed shortly after when Samoa again countered quickly with a three on one. Fereti Gosche had two players to pass for an easy tap in, instead drove a low shot that deflected off the recovering defender for an own goal.
Coach Tunoa Lui was delighted with the performance saying he didn’t realise the significance of this win and what it means in the rebuilding phase of Samoan Football. The future of this squad is very promising and with a proper development programme in place and the addition of overseas players this will be a strong Samoan squad come the South Pacific Games in 2011.
The second match is on Monday 5th at 4pm at JS Blatter football complex. All proceeds will be donated to the Tsunami relief fund.
Samoa starting line up: Sakaio Tokuma, Fauivi Ugapo, Faletaau Tapeni, Andrew Setefano, Vaalii Lotu, Spencer Keil, Amilale Saloma, Fereti Gosche, Desmond Faaiuaso, Junior Michael, Bert Keil.
Papakura starting line up: Russell Dixon, Stuart Greenway, Darren Woolnough, Daniel Billot, Gustavo Fidelis, Evan Crean, Shane Godden, Rafael Monteiro, Humberto Alzes Junior, duardo Gianelli.