TAHITI 4 (HAUATA 31′, own goal 34′, BONNEFIN 47, Maima MARMOUYET 88′) SAMOA 0
Tahiti caused the biggest shock of the tournament when they dismantled host nation Samoa 4-0 in an exciting match before another big evening crowd. Tahiti were too slick for the host nation in a
minor upset at J.S. Blatter Playing Fields in Apia, Samoa, tonight as the debutants from French-Polynesia raced into the lead for a semi-finals berth.
Samoa had all the pre-match pundits picking a comfortable home victory but Tahiti turned in a performance replete with passion, vigour, energy and no little amount of skill. Gloria Hauata,
Tania Bonnefin and Maima Marmouyet were in red hot form in front of goal while Samoa didn’t help their own cause when they scored an own goal after 34 minutes.
Little was known about the strength of Tahitian women’s football prior to the XIII South Pacific Games – Samoa 2007, but Tahiti will be the name on everyone’s lips after this impassioned
performance. Samoa had earlier looked good in training but that counted for little as Tahiti showed a greater cut and thrust in front of goal whilst Samoa could not penetrate Tahiti’s lightening
quick defensive pairing of Angela Tairui and Maruina Tom Sing Vien.
Florence Lam Sam and Clare Meni were in good form for Samoa but Tahiti’s all-round pace proved far too sharp and clinical on a night that Tahitian football at last had something to celebrate at the
South Pacific Games.
1′ – the match is underway beneath spectacular sheet lightning over the mountains to west
2′ – both teams have been caught offside early on, keen to take the ascendency
2′ – Rosei LEOTA is brilliant denied by Tahitian ‘keeper Poroni TURANA, who dives bravely at her feet
4′ – Rosa MALAMA saves Rosei LEOTA’s shot from point-blank range with style
8′ – Natalie DAVIES scythes a free kick flat across the Tahitian penalty area, but none of the on-rushing attackers can connect
11′ – TURANA acts quickly to defuse a dangerous skidding through-ball from the Samoan midfield
12′ – a Florence LAM SAM shot takes a deflection and requires TURANA to beat Tamasailau LEUTA to the loose ball
12′ – a Leti TAMASESE free kick causes trouble in the Tahitian defence, but they escape with a goal kick
14′ – TAMASESE puts in a solid challenge against Tahiti’s Gloria HAUATA in the Samoan 18 yard box
15′ – Samoa break quickly down the right, but fail to connect with LAM SAM’s cross
17′ – LAM SAM and Rosei LEOTA are causing havoc in the TAHITIAN defense with clever diagonal runs, with Tahitian centre back Patricia YAKEULA coming to the rescue on several occasions
20′ – Semeatu LEMANA heads a curling Laverna TARIHAA free kick away from danger and sets Samoa on a counter attack which is then lost die to the slippery conditions
21′ – Gloria HAUATA is tackled heavily by LEMANA, but manages to stay on the pitch
22′ – Mimosa MARMOUYET bends an ominous free kick over the wall for an unsighted SOLOMONA to fumble, but recollect
23′ – Samoa puts Tahiti under pressure from the counter attack, but play breaks down for a goal kick after a series of throw-ins
25′ – SOLOMONA has hurt her hand in the TARIHAA save, and requires treatment
28′ – as play recommences, YAKEULA is outstanding in putting a stop to another LAM SAM break
29′ – Samoa force a corner, from which YAKEULA brilliantly blocks LEOTA’s attempt to put away the bouncing ball
30′ – Henifa BRYCE scrambles a corner, which is cleared by BRYCE again with the head, for MARMOUYET to loft back into the box
31′ – GOAL!
10. Gloria Hauata fires home a cross from the left to stun the home crowd
34′ – OWN GOAL!
a MARMOUYET cross is unfortunately deflected by BRYCE into her own net, further quieting the steadily building crowd
37′ – LEUTA breaks down the right, but can not cut to provide a cross
38′ – Leti TAMASESE has a strike on goal for Samoa, but misses to the left
40′ – Natalie DAVIES turns well to cross for Samoa, but Josaine TAURAA is composed in her clearance
42′ – a MARMOUYET free kick causes trouble in the Samoan penalty box, but SOLOMONA is fouled which results in a free kick
43′ – LEOTA requires attention for an injury, causing another stoppage in play
— 3 minutes added time —
45’+2 – Maruina TOM SING VEIN releases a piledriver from half way, which SOLOMONA can only parry for a corner
45’+2 – GOAL!
7. Mimosa MARMOUYET pounces on a bouncing ball from the corner, to put Tahiti clear ahead at half time
HALF TIME: TAHITI 3 SAMOA 0
46′ – Samoa have emerged from half time looking to keep the ball a lot more, which sees them dominate possession so far
49′ – 11. Rosei LEOTA succumbs to injury, replaced by 12. June TUPOU
50′ – TUPOU makes an immediate impact, travelling across the face of goal and releasing a skidding left foot drive, which produces an efficient smothering save from Poroni TURANA in the Tahitian
52′ – Samoa have Tahiti under pressure in the early stages of the second half
57′ – Jeanne MAHIATAPU makes a run down the left side, cuts to cross for Mimosa MARMOUYET, but the Samoan defense blocks her shot
58′ – HAUATA is through on goal with a bouncing ball, where SOLOMONA is out well to fist away
60′ – an inspired MARMOUYET back-heel results in an angled drive from MAHIATAPU hitting the stanchion
61′ – Henifa BRYCE is down injured, causing the game’s latest stoppage
65′ – Leti TAMASESE intervenes well to prevent a TOM SING VEIN foray at goal
69′ – MARMOUYET puts Angela TAIRUI through down the right, but her cross is blocked by TAMASESE
73′ – 12. Maima MARMOUYET enters the game for 11. Jeanne MAHIATAPU
77′ – Mimosa MARMOUYET goes down injured, and leaves the field for further treatment
79′ – Tahiti replace the injured player 7. Mimosa MARMOUYET with 13. Felicite KAIHA
80′ – a Anarosa SIMONE free kick extends TURANA skywards, but she holds the ball to settle play for Tahiti
87′ – Samoa look to have conceded defeat, as Tahiti settle in their shape to retain possesion
88′ – 6. Angelina THUNOT makes way for 16. Juliana MAETA
88′ – GOAL!
Tania BONNEFIN’s curling free kick is pushed away by SOLOMONA, but with no cover defence substitute 12. Maima MARMOUYET is delighted to tap the ball home
— 5 minutes added time —
90+1 – HAUATA climbs spectacularly to connect a header with TAIRUI’s cross, but SOLOMONA saves and holds well
90’+5 – a final Samoan push for goal i
s snuffed out by an alert TURANA
FULL TIME: TAHITI 4 SAMOA 0
XIII SOUTH PACIFIC GAMES – SAMOA 2007
Women’s Group B
Match Day 3 – 2030 – 30 August 2007
Toleafoa J.S. Blatter Football Fields – Apia – Samoa
TAHITI: 1. Poroni TURANA; 2. Patricia YAKEULA; 3. Josaine TAURAA; 4. Maruina TOM SING VIEN; 5. Angela TAIRUI; 6. Angelina THUNOT (16. Juliana MAETA 88′); 7. Mimosa MARMOUYET (13.
Felicite KAIHA 79′); 8. Lavema TARIHAA; 9. Tania BONNEFIN; 10. Gloria HAUATA; 11. Jeanne MAHIATAPU (12. Maima MARMOUYET 73′).
Coach: Ralph APURII
Substitutes not used: 14. Sandrine TEAUNA; 15. Gwendoline TEPEA; 17. Monique TOKORAGI; 18. Nathalie TOPA; 20. Wilhermine MAIRAU.
Not available: None.
Goal scorers: 10. Gloria HAUATA (31′); 9. Tania BONNEFIN (47′); 12. Maima MARMOUYET (88′).
SAMOA: 1. Rosa Malama SOLOMONA; 3. Henifa BRYCE; 4. Clare MENI; 5. Leti TAMASESE; 6. Anarosa SIMONE; 7. Semeatu LEMANA; 9. Natalie DAVIES; 10. Florence LAM SAM; 11. Rosei LEOTA
(12. June TUPOU 49′); 13. Tamasailau LEUTA; 14. Vaitofigalumepa TIPERIA.
Coach: Junior SAAGA
Substitutes not used: 3. Helena THOMPSON; 15. Rasela PEILUA; 17. Havira TAYLOR; 18. Saini UMUTAUA; 19. Sinaro PIO; 20. Rosina IAKOPO; 21. Tufi VAIGALU.
Injured: 8. Suitupe TAFAFA; 16. Marylynn WILLIAMS.
Referee: Nelson SOGO (SOL)
Assistant Referee: Nick WALDRON (NZL)
Assistant Referee: Teariki GOODWIN (COK)
Fourth Official: Salaiau SOSONGAN (PNG)
Fifth Official: Rohitesh DAYAL (FIJ)