The semis are done and dusted for the Kia Orana Youth Festival 2017 and our final two for both the U16 boys and girl’s division have been confirmed and are set for an epic battle this weekend.
The finals are now set for the under 16 girls division with Ellerslie Mustangs and Puaikura getting the ever valuable win and also with the U16 boys, Takitumu Pirates and Tupapa Maraerenga advance to the finals following their game winning performances on Thursday afternoon. No one can deny that both teams deserve to be here, after a great show of consistent class throughout the festival.
For the first semi-final match for the U16 girls division. Ellerslie Mustangs showed why they were the better and superior team over Aitutaki pulling off a 4-0 win.
Puaikura FC beat Beachlands Fury to reach the 2017 finals after an epic penalty shootout. Scores were locked on 1-1 at the final whistle. It was Puaikura FC’s players in the victory scrum, chasing one another and celebrating their victory when the match was decided by a way of a penalty shootout. The final score 5-3.
In the U16 Boy’s semi-final match. The Takitumu Pirates are the hot favourites to win the competition with an unbeaten record. They are heading to the finals following a dominant showing in their match against Mangaia. They beat Mangaia 3-0. In the last semi final match. Puaikura FC’s side lost to Tupapa Maraerenga 1-0.
Today’s game will be a level higher and every one of the players taking part in the finals are going to need to be on top of their game. Come down to the CIFA complex and cheer your team on. The winners of the 2017 Kia Orana Youth Football festival will be decided today.
Full results from Semi-Final Matches – Thursday 20th April 2017:
Under 16 Girls Aitutaki 0 – Ellerslie Mustangs 4
Under 16 Girls Puaikura 5 – Beachlands Fury 3
Under 16 Boys Mangaia 0 – Takitumu Pirates 3
Under 16 Boys Puaikura 0 – Tupapa Maraerenga 1
Finals draw for today, Saturday 22nd April at the CIFA complex:
Finals for 3rd and 4th Placing
1.00pm Under 16 Girls Aitutaki vs. Beachlands Fury
2.10pm Under 16 Boys Mangaia vs. Puaikura
Finals for 1st and 2nd Placing
3.20pm Under 16 Girls Ellerslie Mustangs vs. Puaikura
4.30pm Under 16 Boys Puaikura vs. Tupapa Maraerenga