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Veitongo retain cup

Veitongo have held their title in the Tonga Women's League after defeating Navutoka in the final on Friday.

Defending champions Veitongo have held their title in the Tonga Women’s League after defeating Navutoka Women’s Senior team in the Nuku’alofa league final on Friday.

Veitongo opened the scoring in the 30th minute after Lisi Papani made a very good run and found the back of Navutoka’s net. The goal lifted the champions, leading them to another goal in the second half from Sela Vaénuku, who stole the ball from one of Navutoka’s defenders before securing the 2-0 win for Veitongo.

The clash at Loto-Tonga Soccer Centre was the first time Navutoka has competed in the final, but Veitongo coach Emelita Moala approached the match with caution, playing the team’s strongest line-up.

”I have pulled all our experienced players, Sela Vaénuku, Átelaite Manu, Salote Laautaha and Lisi Papani,” she said.

Despite the 2-0 loss, Navutoka coach Rosevati Muavesi was proud of her side’s efforts against the defending champions.

”I am so happy to see my girls managed to play with Veitongo, as they have many older and experienced players,” she said.

Both Nuku’alofa teams now have two weeks to prepare for clashes against two top teams from the Vavaú league in their final matches of the 2016 Women’s League.

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