The Tupapa Maraerenga premier men’s team beat Titikaveka 4-2 in a penalty shootout after finishing 1-1 at the end of regulation in the CIFA Knockout Elimination Round.
Anthony Samuela had put Tupapa ahead early in the first half before Bill Tangapiri equalized in the second half from a free kick to make it 1-1.
Tupapa Maraerenga opened with a strong offensive presence. Grover Harmon kept play within the final third throughout the opening minutes but Titikaveka refused to let anything through.
Harmon worked his way free inside the penalty area on the right side and fired a right-footed shot that was saved by Titikaveka goalkeeper Mark Harris in the 15th minute.
Paavo Mustonen’s first real scoring threat in the 10th minute when he fired a shot from the left edge went wayward.
Titikaveka tried to get their offense going as well but Tupapa’s defense blocked or turned away almost every attempt.
After an aggressive tackle by a Titikaveka player, Tupapa were awarded a free kick from just outside the box. Samuela stepped up to the spot and hit a virtually perfect ball into the net.
Tupapa went into the break with a 1-0 advantage.
The second half had spectators screaming and sitting at the edge of their seats as they enjoyed every moment of the game.
Harris made a diving save to tip away Mustonen’s powerful shot from the top of the area and got to his feet immediately to block Harmon’s shot in the 52nd minute.
Harris was very good in goal for the Titikaveka men’s team, punching away several dangerous crosses throughout the match.
Titikaveka battled back to draw even at 1-1 at the 80th minute as Tangapiri converted a Free Kick outside the 18-yard box.
Titikaveka kept up the initiative after the tying goal but could not produce many clear scoring opportunities.
Tupapa soon turned the pressure back on the visitors and the last minutes of the half grew into a back-and-forth game in which both teams saw half-chances go by.
After 90 minutes of play, the two sides headed into a penalty shootout. Tupapa delivered on their first four penalty kicks. Teariki Piri scored Titikaveka’s first penalty, but Titikaveka’s next two penalty-takers Matthew and Ioane missed their shots.
Titikaveka fell to Tupapa Maraerenga by a final score of 1-1, losing 4-2 on penalties.
In the other Premier Men’s CIFA Knockout Eliminations Round Nikao Sokattak and Puaikura progresses to the semifinals after defeating their opponents. Puaikura defeated Matavera on Friday afternoon with a narrow 1-0 score line whilst Nikao Sokattak thrashed Avatiu 5-1.
In the Senior Women’s Division, the top two teams Tupapa Maraerenga and Titikaveka have booked their semi final spot after both recorded wins over their opponent’s whist Nikao Sokattak also progress with a 2-0 win over Avatiu.
Full results from the weekend’s knock-out competition:
Premier Men’s division:
Tupapa Maraerenga 4–2 Titikaveka (Penalty Shootout)
Matavera 0-1 Puaikura
Avatiu 1-5 Nikao Sokattak
Senior Women’s division:
Tupapa Maraerenga 7 –0 Matavera
Matavera 0 – 2 Titikaveka
Avatiu 0 –2 Nikao Sokattak
Under 17 Men’s division:
Tupapa Maraerenga 16 – 1 Titikaveka
Nikao Sokattak 4 – 2 Matavera
Puaikura 3-1 Avatiu
Under 14 Boy’s division:
Tupapa Maraerenga 5-0 Avatiu
Puaikura 5-0 Matavera
Titikaveka 3-1 Nikao Sokattak
Under 14 Girl’s division:
Tupapa Maraerenga 0-10 Puaikura
Avatiu 1-0 Matavera
Titikaveka 3-2 Nikao Sokattak
Under 11 Mixed divisions:
Titikaveka 3-2 Tupapa Maraerenga
Matavera 2-3 Puaikura (Penalty Shootout)
Nikao Sokattak 0-2 Avatiu
Under 8 Mixed divisions:
Avatiu 3-0 Matavera
Puaikura 2-3 Tupapa Maraerenga (Penalty Shootout)
Nikao Sokattak 2-Titikaveka 0