Clouds covered the skies with a slight breeze to cool the day. A supportive and entertaining crowd lit up the stadium as the team’s shined in their contest of the best. Mauke and Takitumu were the first to play battling for 3rdplace in the U16 girl’s division.
After a restless week of football, the two teams gave it their all one last time. A performing Mauke side started on the front foot, holding territory and attacking constantly. Their efforts paid off meriting them with a goal to win the game for them placing them in 3rd.
Next to play was the epic tournament rivalry between Araura enua and Tupapa Maraerenga. The two sides played each other in the group stage in an exciting game which Tupapa won. This time around the score was level at full time, and a penalty shoot-out would decide the 3rdplaced team. Aitutaki determined to get back at the Tupapa made sure to score all their goals and came out on top after an unfortunate miss by the Tupapa side.
The next game was a battle of the best U16 girl’s teams in the tournament, Puaikura and Aitutaki. Both sides had won all their games throughout the tournament to face each other in the final match for the 2019 Kia Orana youth football festival U16 girl’s trophy. Puaikura was active on the attack while Araura was quick on the counter. Araura managed to break through the Puaikura defence line to score the only goal to name them this year’s champions.
The final match of the tournament would name the U16 boy’s champions of the festival. The game between Puaikura and Takitumu was dominated mostly by the skilful Puaikura boys who maintained their undefeated status throughout the tournament. Puaikura dominated possession and territory throughout the final game to score three goals against Takitumu’s one.
CIFA’s Competitions manager, Pauline Dean, would like to thank all teams for their participation and say’s “the festival was an opportunity for both the players and supporters to witness the level of skill and interest among our youth for the beautiful sport of football. Just one of a few opportunities for youth football development in the country.”
Mauke 1:0 Takitumu Puaikura FC 0:1 Aitutaki
Aitutaki 1:1(PSO 5:4) Tupapa Maraerenga FC Puaikura 3:1 Takitumu
1stplace: Aitutaki 2ndPlace: Puaikura FC 3rdPlace: Mauke
1stplace: Puaikura FC 2ndPlace: Takitumu 3rdPlace: Aitutaki