Cooks Defeat Tonga in Soccer

The Cooks first goal came off the boot of a Tongan player in the 18th minute, however, two minutes later the powerful and fast Conroy Tiputoa scored the team’s second goal.
Just on the stroke of half time Tonga responded with their first goal to bring the score to 2-1.
In the 89th minute substitute Kimiora Ngametua from the island of Mangaia impressed when he weaved through two Tongan defenders and scored Cook Islands third goal.
While the momentum continued in favour of the leading side there was a final twist at the last tenth minute of the game, when Tonga was awarded a penalty and this was converted to bring up the score to 3-2 in favour of the Cook Islands.
Cook Islands coach Anderson says while it’s always pleasing to secure a win, there’s plenty of room for improvement.
“I’ll be honest, it’s nice to start the tournament with a win especially with the short turnaround between games and the small number of games, but I know the boys can do better,” he said.
The 2016 OFC U-17 Championship Preliminary continues on Tuesday 5 July with the Cook Islands taking on American Samoa at 5.30pm Cook Islands time. You can follow their journey on the Cook Islands Football Association Facebook Page. For live text updates of the matches you can go on Twitter @OFCFootball.
Parents and supported wanting to contact the team can do so via team manager John Taripo on phone +w(685) 7601615.

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