GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

Rapa Nui FestPac delegation visited GFA for friendly match

[June 2, 2016 - Harmon, Guam] The rumors were true – members of the Rapa Nui delegation to the Festival of Pacific Arts made their way to the Guam Football Association National Training Center Wednesday evening for a friendly match against Budweiser Soccer League champions, Rovers FC.

The Rovers, coming off of the team’s recent championship victory at the Bank of Guam 9th Annual GFA Cup, stamped their authority early and finished with a 9-4 victory by the final whistle in front of a couple hundred spectators.

The Rovers FC amassed a 4-0 lead through to the final minutes in the first half before Rapa Nui was able to find the back of the net. A Rovers foul on the left wing set up a free kick opportunity for Rapa Nui just outside the 18-yard box, with Haumakanui Pakarati finishing the play with a header off the ensuing free kick for the 4-1 halftime score.

The teams played a closer second half, with the Rovers edging Rapa Nui 5-3 in the deciding half.

Ian Mariano, Jonahan Romero, and Marcus Lopez each scored twice for the Rovers and teammates Logan Dillenburger, Abraham Gutierrez, and Diego Cardona also scored.

Lynn Rapu Tuki and Marcos Rapu scored Rapa Nui’s goals in the second half. Noah Camacho, playing for Rapa Nui in the friendly match, also scored in the second half against the Rovers.

Rapa Nui later stole the show after the final whistle, performing a short routine for fans in attendance at GFA. Delegates also stayed behind to take a team photo and photos with fans.

Haumakanui Pakarati leaps to score Rapa Nui's first goal on a header from a free kick against the Rovers FC in a friendly match at Guam Football Association National Training Center Wednesday. Rovers FC defeated Rapa Nui 9-4.

 

Rapa Nui's Lynn Rapu Tuki leaps to control the ball in front of the goal against the Rovers FC in a friendly match at Guam Football Association National Training Center Wednesday. Rovers FC defeated Rapa Nui 9-4.

 

The Rovers FC and Rapa Nui play in a friendly match at Guam Football Association National Training Center Wednesday. Rovers FC defeated Rapa Nui 9-4.

 

The Rovers FC and Rapa Nui play in a friendly match at Guam Football Association National Training Center Wednesday. Rovers FC defeated Rapa Nui 9-4.

 

Rapa Nui's Lynn Rapu Tuki (left) and Haumakanui Pakarati (right) celebrate after Rapu Tuki's goal against Rovers FC in a friendly match at Guam Football Association National Training Center Wednesday. Rovers FC defeated Rapa Nui 9-4.

 

Members of the Rapa Nui delegation to the Festival of Pacific Arts cheer on their team against the Rovers FC in a friendly match at Guam Football Association National Training Center Wednesday. Rovers FC defeated Rapa Nui 9-4.

 

Members of the Rapa Nui delegation to the Festival of Pacific Arts and Rovers FC pose for a group photo after their friendly match at Guam Football Association National Training Center Wednesday. Rovers FC defeated Rapa Nui 9-4.

 
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