Vahe Loto U-19 have earned three early points after defeating Vahe Kolo 5-0 while Vahe Hahake defeated Vahe Hihifo 5-1 on the second day of action at the TFA Youth District Tournament at the Loto-Tonga Soccer Centre, Valungofulu, ‘Atele.
Both teams have a few international players in their ranks like Anthony Likiliki, ‘Alipate Tukia, Vai Lutu, Lei Tu’ifangaloka, Tuikaepau Falepapalangi, Kalakaua Faiva’ilo, Pesamino Tomasi, Sione ‘Auka Pepa, Fonua Talia’uli and Semisi ‘Otukolo.
In just the first minute of the first half, Vai Lutu started to take control of the game and a short time later had their first goal for the day, to lead 1-0.
Tuia Falepapalangi received the ball in the air after Tevita Sili cleared from the back, Falepapalangi make a good run up the right from outside the penalty box and put it in the back of the net while Vahe Kolo’s goal keeper was a bit slow to react.
Falepapalangi got hold of the ball in the 18th minute. He made a false move and defender Sione ‘Aho failed to mark him tightly enough, he escaped with ball to Vahe Kolo’s goal mouth and scored his second goal for the day.
After few minutes, Kalakaua Faiva’ilo, striker for Vahe Loto appeared in the front and of course he was too fast and very skillful, scoring his fourth goal, while Vahe Kolo is yet to get any opportunity to score.
In the second half Vahe Loto really controlled the game, but Vahe Kolo managed to create an opportunity to attack Vahe Loto’s goalside but very unfortunate neither Anthony Likiliki nor Alipate Tukia could get a finishing touch.
It was a furious match as Vahe Kolo looked for gaols but Vahe Loto continued pressing in an effort to extend their lead.
Vahe Loto coach Timote Moleni was very pleased to begin their campaign with a win.
“I think both team played extremely well, and tried to make the most of their chances, we got lucky and sometimes we need luck to be able to do this,” Moleni said.
Moleni also spoke highly of his team’s performance but he was a bit disappointed of Vai Lutu’s behavior in the first half.
“There is room for improvement, and playing against another team give us that opportunity to take a closer look at ourselves under pressure,” he added.
Vahe Kolo coach Kano Vaifo’ou was hugely disappointed to fall at the first hurdle but also knows his side has the character to come back strong.
“We lost, but we need to improve some areas. If we want to reach the final, we need to improve,” he said.
“We now looking forward to a challenging second game also to work on our mistakes.”
On Field No. 3 Vahe Hahake beat Vahe Hihifo in their first action, and now Vahe Hahake will meet Vahe Kolo on Saturday whilst Vahe Hihifo meet Vahe Loto.