Round 11 represents the second time this season there has been three-way congestion at the top of the Premier League table, illustrating just how tight the competition is.
Despite the convincing tone of the final scoreline, Adidas weren’t easybeats and had held Moaula 2–2 at halftime. Luki Gosche scored the first two goals for Moaula while Ray Victor also notched a brace for Adidas in the opening stanza.
However, it was Moaula who then went up a gear in the second half with To’o (Fereti) Gosche scoring his first of two goals before younger brother Luki completed his hat-trick in the 58th minute.
The younger Gosche brother continued his outstanding form by adding a further two goals, taking his tally to five, while Adidas’ Ray Victor added his third to complete the second hat-trick of the match.
Both teams added one more goal to complete all scoring.
Moaula’s advance back to first equal was aided by Cruz Azul being held to a 2-2 draw by Vaivase-Tai.
Victory was within Vaivase-Tais’ reach in the second half only for a late second half penalty to be awarded to Cruz and capitalised on by Lui Victor.
Kiwi SC missed an opportunity to move into outright first position as they were held to a 0-0 draw in a highly competitive match with Goldstar Sogi FC.
If Kiwi had managed to defeat Goldstar Sogi they would have retained their place at the top of the standings table clear of Mouala United and Cruz.
Goalkeeper SakaioTokuma was outstanding for Sogi as he made four crucial saves to deny the dangerous Kiwi attackers.
In the final men’s game, Strickland Brothers Lepea defeated Togafuafua Saints 2-1. Goal scorers were Walker Vaifale and Suki Fuimaono for Lepea, while George Ah San scored for Togafuafua.
In National Women’s League action, Cruz Azul retained their place at the top of the table – on goal differential – while Adidas SC moved up into second spot.
Cruz were gifted the three points when their opposition, Strickland Brothers Lepea, defaulted while Adidas SC’s Maria Tamalelagi produced the first hat-trick of the women’s season as her team beat Apia Youth 6-0.
Eager to overcome their unfortunate default loss to Strickland Brothers Lepea last week, Moaula United FC returned to Tuanaimato well prepared and were rewarded with a 4-1 victory over Myna’s Goldstar Sogi FC.
Meanwhile, Moataa SC’s men’s and women’s matches, against Central United FC and Kiwi SC were postponed until 15 December and 16 December, respectively, as the village participated in a National Health Services program over the weekend.
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