Tafea FC achieves double titles in PVFL

Tafea Football Club have won their tenth consecutive championship title in Vanuatu's highest league, the Port Vila Football League.

After receiving their award in a ceremony on Wednesday evening, Tafea FC went ahead to win the PVFL closing knock out grand final on Saturday evening 13 December, beating the championship runners up Seveners United 1 - 0 at the Port Vila Stadium.

Seveners came out determined displaying a fast paced game that kept the Tafea defenders on their toes most of the time.
But the more experienced Tafea side captained by Richard Iwai made good use of their scoring chances converting the only goal of the match in the first half through left wing back Imbert.

Seveners striker and national Olympic Team rep, Roger Waiwai worked hard all through the game, but not only that he obviously lacked a perfect combination, but he was up against national center back Graham Demas, and national team captain and goalkeep David Chillia.

On the Seveners defence, former Tafea FC defender Joe Ture and his boys did very well in keeping Tafea hitman Richard Iwai at Bay, but failed to prevent running man Imbert from penetrating their defence.

Erick Malesas made a series of dangerous attacking moves from the central midfield, but the Tafea defence was intact all the time.

Tafea were fortunate to have scored earlier in the game because with the absence of Etienne Mermer Richard Iwai was not able to form a good combination with his Under 20 strikers.

Tafea FC beat old rivals Shepherds United in a semi final match that ended in a penalty shoot out. Seveners on their part, had to sail through the semi final stage without having to play following the disqualification of Yatel FC by the PVFL executive on technical grounds.

Despite the showery day, some one thousand spectators packed the Port Vila Stadium to watch the grand finals.

Earlier in the day Teoumaville FC beat Redal FC 2-0 in the First Division grand final of the closing knock out tournament.

The PVFL 2003 closing knock out tournament was sponsored by the Vanuatu Football Federation.


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