Malampa and Tafea in the PO grand final

Malampa and Tafea have qualified for the grand final of Vanuatu's first ever Province of Origin Football Tournament organised and played in the capital Port Vila.
In the two semi final matches on Saturday 24 September, Etienne Mermer led the Malampa team to a 2 - nil victory over Penama in the first game of the day, and Tafea outscored Shefa on penalties to make it through.
After a scoreless first half, Malampa came back in the second 45 minutes with a goal from a Kaison Maki free kick that was arguably the goal of the day. And just as the Penama side were hoping to snatch an equaliser, Silas Avok, who came in as a substitute, tabbed in a reboud to widen the gap between the two teams.
Tafea and Shefa were tied to a 1-all draw after full time, and even the 30 minutes extra time did not produce any results. So the two teams had to decide the winners on penalties. It was Moise Poida whose team came out victorious converting all five penalties, while Seimata Chilia and his Shefa team looked on in disbelief after their chances were dropped after Anthony Malapa missed the target on Shefa's third attempt.
The semi final matches of the Province of Origin tournament attracted a crowd of more than two thousand people seated and or standing around Port Vila Stadium, and hundreds more watched from the surrounding high grounds. Prime Minister Vanuaroroa, Shefa President John Markal and Ifira's Chief Mantoi Kalsakau were among the crowd.
The grand final will be played at the end of October. The prize money at stake is VT500,000.


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