After three days of round football competition, the Kia Orana Youth Football Festival has unveiled the semi-finalists in the Under 16 boys and girl’s division – Pool A and Pool B categories.
The stakes are high as the semi-finalists are well aware that a defeat will most certainly eliminate them from contention and must aim for nothing less than a win to keep their hopes of winning the silverware for the 2017 Kia Orana Youth Football Festival alive.
For the teams who have booked their spot in the semi-finals it will no doubt be do or die matches and to kick start the semi-finals will be the Under 16 Girls division, Pool A winner Aitutaki will face-off against Pool B runner up, Ellerslie Mustangs at 1pm.
Aitutaki cruising to the top of Pool A by defeating Avatiu, Mangaia, Tupapa Maraerenga and Puaikura in exemplary fashion while their opponent Ellerslie Mustangs had to work hard to defy Beachlands Fury in their meet on Tuesday however Beachlands Fury too slick for them therefore they had to settle for runner up in Pool B.
No doubt the ‘meet-up’ in the second semi-final of the Under 16 Girls division, Pool B winner Beachlands Fury will square off against the ladies from the wild-west, Puaikura who had a one match advantage over Tupapa Maraerenga. Puaikura defeating Mangaia saw them climb the ladder to second in their pool although losing to powerhouse Aitutaki it was enough to see their side go through to the semi-finals.
For the Under 16 Boys Division which kicks off at 3:20pm the dynamic Takitumu Pirates will take on the lads from Mangaia who beat all odds and Takitumu Jets to stay in contention of a spot in the semi-finals. The Takitumu Pirates proved their dominance from their first meet against Tupapa Maraerenga defeating them by one goal to nil to lay claim in Pool A.
The last of the semi-finals games which promises to be an electrifying battle between Puaikura and Tupapa Maraerenga, with captains vowing to put up a strong challenge for the coveted title. Puaikura has demonstrated their supremacy from their first match of the festival to assert their top spot in Pool B while Tupapa Maraerenga needing a win over Mauke to secure the second spot in Pool A and their semi-final meet with Puaikura.
Despite the result from today’s semi-final the losing teams will get another opportunity to prove their place at the first ever Kia Orana Youth Football Festival.
Semi-Final draw for today, Thursday 20th April at the CIFA complex:
1.00pm Under 16 Girls Aitutaki vs. Ellerslie Mustangs
2.10pm Under 16 Girls Beachlands Fury vs. Puaikura
3.20pm Under 16 Boys Takitumu Pirates vs. Mangaia
4.30pm Under 16 Boys Puaikura vs. Tupapa Maraerenga