Late equalizer saved Tupuji Imere FC from another embarrassing defeat.

Publié le par Port Vila FA

Auretau Frank King celebrated his return in 11 aside football when he equalized (2-2) for Tupuji Imere in the injury time, saving his team from another embarrassing defeat.
With only a few seconds left on the clock, Auretau Frank King broke the hearts of Seveners United fans when he netted a late penalty, awarded by Referee Harry Berry for a hand ball in the box.
A lively first half saw both sides creating many scoring opportunities, and as usual it was John Laan (our photo,
John Laan (Seveners Utd FC) is leading the scorers table with 6 Goals) who gave Seveners the lead after 21 minutes.  He headed in a superb goal into the right corner from a perfect center from John Ronnie. Veteran National Goal Keeper, David Chilia was caught short at the far post.
However, Fenethy Mausavakalo replied within 2 minutes to silence the small but vocal crowd of Seveners supporters who were still celebrating John Laan’s goal. The blistering short came at the end of a series of fine smooth and fast team moves.
But it was John Laan again who put his team in the driving seat with a goal of the very highest standard in the 38th minute.  Receiving a high ball from the midfield, the young united striker headed the ball across his defender, turned around and hit a stunning volley from the edge of the box that gave no chance at all to David Chilia.
After the break, Seveners continue their dominance while maintaining the game at a very fast pace.  John Ronnie made some great runs down the right side and always looked dangerous.  Seveners united was rewarded for their continuous efforts with a penalty after a Tupuji Imere defender touched the ball with his hand which clearly denied Seveners a scoring opportunity.
John Laan had the opportunity to score a hat trick and secure victory when he decided to convert the penalty.  However, his shoot just brushed the right goal post and went out of play.
Despite the missed penalty, Seveners Utd refused to give up and continued to attack.  In the 80th minute, John Laan had the perfect opportunity to make amends for his mistake.  He picked up the ball at the edge of the box, outpaced two defenders, then cut inside and fired a thunderbolt that hit the crossbar.
The desire to look for more goals, on the part of the Seveners, probably cost them the victory.  Well into injury time, following a failed attack, Tupuji Imere defenders pounced on a lost ball on the left side of the field and their quick counter attack was rewarded when a United player clearly handled the ball in the box.  Referee Harry Berry did not hesitate to award a penalty.  It was the replacement, Auretau King, who took full advantage of the opportunity to equalize with a carefully converted the penalty that dealt a final stunning blow to the Seveners players.

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