Futsal League 2010 season ends, playoffs set
Pago Pago, American Samoa, Wednesday, April 21, 2010 — The first ever FFAS Futsal League 2010’s season came to an end with the top 4 teams for both the men and women’s divisions now ready to play for the championship.
Black Roses, 2009 11-a-side champions for both sexes are in the hunt for a double in Futsal as well as the women’s team are the No.1 seed and the men’s squad the No. 4 seed after breaking into it on the last day of the round-robin contest.
Match Day 14, played at the ASCC gym on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, results for the men were Black Roses 3, PanSa 0 (forfeit); Tafuna Jets 3, Fagasa Youth 0 (forfeit); Lion Heart 6, Pago Youth B 0 and Pago Youth A 5, FC SKBC 3.
For the women it was Black Roses 3, Utulei Youth 2 and Tafuna Jets 2, Ilaoa & To’omata 0.
The difference between the seeds 1-3 are goals difference with FC SKBC, Tafuna Jets and Lion Heart all finishing their seasons with 19 points each.
SKBC takes the top seed with 21, Jets at No. 2 with 18 while Lion Heart is third with 9.
Lion Heart displaces Ilaoa & To’omata in the No. 3 spot while Black Roses moves into the No. 4 seed while idle Ilaoa & To’omata falls to 5th and out of contention for the championship.
The playoffs are to be held Thursday, April 22, 2010 at ASCC’s gym with No. 1 FC SKBC taking on No. 4 Black Roses and No. 2 Jets playing against No. 3 Lion Heart.
FC SKBC defeated Black Roses 5-3 during their Match Day 1 meet on February 23 with the latter having to come back from a 4-0 hole to make the match competitive in the second half.
Unfortunately for FC SKBC, their gunslinger, Gun Chul Kang, received his third yellow card of the competition and so he must sit out a one-game suspension. Kang is their top goal-scorer and his absence will be huge in this matchup.
As for the Jets and Lion Heart, the latter — made up of mostly high school students — shocked the much older and experienced Tafuna Jets squad 3-2 after taking a 2-0 first half lead.
Both teams are expected to field their full squads come game time.
The division’s top two teams played a thrilling game that went down to the wire with No. 1 Black Roses edging No. 2 Utulei Youth 3-2 in their toughest game yet of the season.
The women’s season finale between Tafuna Jets and Ilaoa & To’omata enabled the former to leap frog the latter in the top 4 standings by way of goals difference.
With this change in positions, No.1 Black Roses will now play No. 4 Ilaoa & To’omata while No. 2 Utulei takes on No. 3 Jets.
Utulei trumped Tafuna 3-1 during their round-robin meeting while Black Roses crushed Ilaoa & To’omata 8-1 after a competitive, 1-1 first half.