U17 Soccer Wins Again

This is the second win for the Cooks who also defeated Tonga 3-2 on Monday.
In their battle against American Samoa it was the striking performance of Cook Islands’ Conroy Tiputoa who outshone on the day, making it difficult for his opponents.
Tiputoa first turned heads at the OFC U-20 Preliminary Championship in Tonga two weeks ago where he scored his first international goal against the host nation.
Now representing his home country at the U-17s tournament, he has already proven to be a strong and dynamic player in the team having scored one goal to help his side win against Tonga on Match Day 1.
In yesterday’s match against American Samoa, Tiputoa continued to impress and scored the first goal in the 21st minute. This set the tone for the rest of the match where his team went on to lead the game.
Four minutes later in true Tiputoa-fashion he unrelentingly powered in a header off a corner kick from William Napa to push up the score to 2 goals to nil.
However, the two goal advantage didn’t last long after American Samoa responded with a goal of their own to take the score up to 2-1 before half time.
The score maintained throughout the second half of the match and with three additional minutes Cook Islands’ Kimiora Ngametua came on to the scene to convert the third and final goal for his side in the 92nd minute.
Cook Islands’ position in the tournament has been helped in part by rivals Tonga and Samoa playing out a 1-1 draw to claim just one of the three available points in their encounter.
Their final encounter against Samoa which will be played out tomorrow afternoon will determine their fate for the 2017 OFC U-17 Championships to be held in Tahiti. A win or draw is the result they will be hoping for in order to progress to the next stage, otherwise a loss will see Samoa qualify to the second stage.
They will face Samoa tomorrow night in their final test to kick off at 7:00pm Cook Islands time. For live text updates follow Oceania Football Confederation on www.oceaniafootball.com/ofc or on Twitter @OFCfootball.
Parents and supporters wanting to contact the team can do so via team manager John Taripo on phone +(685) 7601615.
CIFA MEDIA

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