Tafea triumph in Super Cup shootout

Tafea FC celebrate their penalty shootout triumph. Credit: PVFA
Tafea FC celebrate their penalty shootout triumph. Credit: PVFA

Tafea FC women’s team held their nerve in a penalty shootout showdown against top Port Vila side Erakor Golden Star, to secure the Super Cup trophy and their first title of 2021.

With a two-goal lead at the end of the first half, Tafea looked in a strong position to take the game in regulation time. However, Erakor had other ideas, fighting back in the second half to return parity to the match and force the penalty shootout.

Tafea found an extra edge during the shootout, thanks in large part to an incredibly performance from the goalkeeper, to see of Erakor 4-3.

Both sides featured players who recently participated in the inaugural Women’s Champions League in Luganville.

Last week’s match was the second Super Cup final of 2021, with Erakor having lost April’s final in a penalty shootout also. On that occasion the victory was 4-2 in Galaxy FC’s favour.

Read more about the first Super Cup 2021 here: Women’s football gaining ground in Vanuatu

Tafea are new on the women’s football scene after coach Robert Calvo recently took up the challenge of bringing the club into women’s football sphere.

Tafea players with coach, Robert Calvo. Credit: PVFA

The former Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF) competition manager is perhaps best known for previous stints leading the national team during the qualifying campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the Port Vila Sharks in the 2009 O-League (now the OFC Champions League).

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