PACIFIC GAMES: Guam’s Soccer Team Beats American Samoa 2-0


Guam – The Guam soccer team beat the team from American Samoa  2-0 in the men’s Group A match at the Pacfiic Games in Nouméa New Caledonia.

READ the play-by-play action on the Oceania Football website HERE or read it below:

Starting line-ups:

American Samoa:
1. Nicky SALAPU (GK), 2. Terrence SINAPATI, 3. Edgar APULU, 6. Natia NATIA, 7. D’Angelo HERRERA, 8. Casper KURESA, 9. Junior AMISONE (c), 10. Charlie UHRLE, 11. Shalom LUANI, 13. Uasi HELETA, 14. Pesamino VICTOR,

1. Brett MALUWELMENG (GK), 3. Matthew CRUZ, 4. Scott LEON GUERRERO, 5. Edward CALVO, 6. Shawn SPINDEL, 7. Ian MARIANO, 8. Dominic GADIA (c), 9. Elias MERFALEN, 10. Jason CUNLIFFE, 12. Dylan NAPUTI, 17. Mark CHARGUALAF
Coach: Kazua UCHIDA

Referee: George BRUCE (VAN)
Assistant Referee: Michael JOSEPH (VAN)
Assistant Referee: Paul AHUPU (TAH)
4th Official: Averii JACQUES (TAH)

The match kicks off.

3′ A good chance for Guam early in the match. Elias Merfalen shoots from just inside the area but can’t hit the target with just the goalkeeper to beat

5′ American Samoa’s D’Angelo Herrera shoots over the crossbar from long range

7′ Claims for a penalty from Guam as Jason Cunliffe goes inside the box but no whistle from the referee

9′ A strong run down the right from Dylan Naputi before he is brought down earning Guam the freekick

11′ Guam’s Jason Cunliffe puts in a good ball from the left but his strike partner Elias Merfalen is caught offside

14′ Another good opportunity for Guam but Cunliffe shoots the ball wide

19′ Ian Mariano puts in a dangerous cross from the left for Guam but Elias Merfalen can’t make a clean connection with the volley

22′ A powerful low strike comes in from Ian Mariano but American Samoa’s Nicky Salapu makes an excellent save diving to his right

23′ Guam have the first corner of the game but American Samoa manage to clear the ball easily

26′ American Samoa’s Matthew Cruz makes a goal-saving tackle to deny Jason Cunliffe inside the area

30′ Possession stakes are fairly even but Guam are enjoying better territory and look the team more likely to score

31′ Charlie Uhrle sees his shot go wide for American Samoa

35′ Ian Mariano’s cross finds Elias Merfalen but his header is saved by American Samoa goalkeeper Nicky Salapu on the second attempt

39′ Guam’s Elias Merfalen goes close again, this time trying to lob the keeper but the ball sails just over the bar

42′ American Samoa’s Nicky Salapu makes an acrobatic save after a shot from Dylan Naputi into the top right corner

45′ SUBSITUTION: Leamusa Alatasi replaces Casper Kuresa for American Samoa

The referee brings the first half to an end.

The second half kicks off.

47′ Guam earn a freekick in a dangerous position but the opportunity is wasted as the ball flies out for a goalkick

49′ GOAL!!! American Samoa 0 Guam 1: Some early pressure in the second half pays off as Dylan Naputi smashes the ball into the back of the net from close range

51′ YELLOW CARD: American Samoa’s D’Angelo Herrera is cautioned

53′ Guam captain Dominic Gadia has a go from the edge of the area but shoots high

58′ RED CARD: Guam’s Edward Calvo is shown a straight red for what looked to be use of offensive language

63′ A nice run down the right by Terrence Sinapati for American Samoa who are enjoying better territory with the one-man advantage

66′ Ian Mariano thinks he has scored Guam’s second but the assistant referee’s flag is up for offside

69′ SUBSTITUTION: Daru Taumua replaces Uasi Heleta for American Samoa

70′ GOAL!!! American Samoa 0 Guam 2: Elias Merfalen is finally rewarded with a goal after latching onto a rebound

77′ Guam are still enjoy their fair share of possession despite being a man down

82′ SUBSTITUTION: Jonny Saelua replaces Edgar Apulu for American Samoa

85′ SUBSTITUTION: Jonathan Odell replaces Ian Mariano for Guam

87′ SUBSTITUTION: Goalkeeper Julias Campus replaces Brett Maluwelmeng for Guam

The final whistle is blown.