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Monday 28 November 2011 | Published in Regional


Last Saturday in very wet conditions the Cook Islands national mens soccer team lost to Tonga two goals to one.

Although both teams were evenly matched throughout the game, Tonga was the first to score in the 27th minute of the match.

Cooks responded with an equalizer in the 35th minute through Grover Harmon after the Tongan goalkeeper tried to clear the ball from in the eighteen year box.

In the second half both teams tried tirelessly to win the match but it was Tonga who scored the winning goal in the first minute of injury time.

Cooks responded with what they thought was a goal, but was disallowed by the referee for an earlier infringement.

The other result from Saturday, host Samoa defeated American Samoa one goal to nil, with host qualifying to the next stage of the World Cup Qualifying tournament.