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Central Coast keep it rolling in the S-League

Central Coast players celebrate a goal during the weekend. Photo Credit: TSL Media

Central Coast FC continued their strong start to the S-League in the Solomon Islands with a 4-0 win over Honiara City on Sunday.

Four different goal-scorers – Alex Kaku, Hudson Oreinima, Barrie Limoki, and Alick Kitalo – found the back of the net during the second spell to set-up the victory.

The Solomon Warriors kept hold of second place after beating the defending champion Henderson Eels 1-0, while top four sides Waneagu United and Laugu United drew 1-1 in a game that featured the goal of the season.

Waneagu’s Joachim Waroi earned his side a valuable point with this thunderbolt that has gone global on social media.

In other matches across the league, Southern United topped Kula 3-2, Isabel United edged Kossa 2-1, and Marist beat Real Kakamora 1-0.

In the Solrais Women’s Premier League, the defending champion RSIPF Royals defeated Solright FC 5-0 on Sunday to move to the top of the ladder.

In the weekend’s other matches, Frigates United remained in third as they defeated West Honiara 7-0, Koloale FC beat Haura FC 4-0, Naha beat Marist 4-1, and Ha’arosia FC and Borderline FC drew 0-0.

Ten women’s national team players from various clubs in the Solrais Women’s Premier League recently received Pacific Games 2023 Legacy Scholarships from the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF).

The scholarships are an initiative by SIFF ahead of the 2023 Pacific Games that will be held in Honiara to create a positive legacy with footballers.

Meanwhile, the semi-finals of the U-16 Youth Solomon Cup were due to take place on Wednesday with Gaudalcanal set to meet Honiara, while Malaita were scheduled to play Choiseul.

Galaxy claimed the VFF Champions League title in Vanuatu with a 3-0 win over RueRue FC in the final in Luganville on Saturday.

Having edged Kraisun 2-1 in the semifinals last week, Galaxy delivered on the big stage to earn the plaudits in front of a huge crowd of nearly 7000 people.

In the battle of the beaten semi-finalists, Kraisun beat the Malampa Revivors 3-1.

New Zealand futsal officials Antony Riley and Chris Sinclair have been selected to attend this year’s FIFA Futsal World Cup in Lithuania that will get underway in September. The Solomon Islands will compete at the tournament as OFC’s representative.

In National League action, Auckland City FC opened up a 12-point lead at the top of the Northern League with a 2-1 victory over Northern Rovers FC in Round 14 during the weekend.

Auckland United remained in second despite being held to a 3-3 draw by Manukau United, while Eastern Suburbs AFC are in third after they topped Bay Olympic 1-0.

Birkenhead United moved to fourth courtesy of a 3-1 win over the West Coast Rangers, while Melville United slipped to fifth as they drew 2-2 with the Hamilton Wanderers. North Shore United and Western Springs drew 4-4.

In Round 13 of the Central League, the Miramar Rangers stayed at the top of the table as they defeated the winless Wainuiomata 7-1. Wellington Olympic AFC beat Lower Hutt 3-1 to remain in second.

In other fixtures, the Napier City Rovers beat Petone 1-0, Western Suburbs topped North Wellington 3-2, and Waterside Karori drew 1-1 with Wairarapa United.

The eight teams who will compete in the Southern League component of the National League have been confirmed.

The Southern League gets underway on July 17 and the top two sides will compete in the inaugural National League Championship later this year alongside the top four from the Northern League, top three from the Central League, and the Wellington Phoenix Reserves.

In New Caledonia, Super Ligue leaders Hienghène Sport bounced back from a recent defeat to get the better of RC Poindimié 6-1 during the weekend.

Defending champions Tiga Sport held onto second place with a 6-2 victory over AS Lössi, while Qanono Sport went down 2-0 to JS Baco.

In other matches, AS Wetr topped AS Magenta 2-1 and AS Mont-Dore edged Dumbéa FC 4-3. The clash between Horizon Patho and SC Ne Drehu was postponed.

Action from the AS Magenta v AS Wetr clash in New Caledonia. Photo Credit: Alain Vartane

Tonga’s national futsal competition finished this week and Veitongo won the men’s division with an 8-3 win over Longoteme in the final.

Lo’ihele-Fahefa claimed the women’s crown as they defeated Veitongo 8-7 in the decider.

Oceania’s Player of the Century Wynton Rufer was in the Cook Islands recently to do some preliminary work for a development programme in schools.

Lupe Ole Soaga SC moved to the top of the men’s national league table in Samoa with a 1-0 win over Vaipuna in Round 6 recently.

In other matches across the league, Vaitele-Uta drew 2-2 with Sogi, while Togafuafua and Lion of Judah battled to the same score, as did Kiwi and Vaiusu. USP defeated Faatoia United 5-2.

In the women’s league, Kiwi are at the top of table and are unbeaten after six rounds.

In their most recent outing they defeated Lupe Ole Soaga 2-0, which marked Lupe’s first loss of the season.

Across the competition, Faatoia beat Sogi 7-0, Lotopa topped LFC 5-1, Vaipuna hammered Vaivase 4-0, Saleimoa beat Moata’a 3-0, and Adidas drew 0-0 with Faleasiu.

In Tahiti, the call has gone out for teams that want to be involved in this year’s local beach soccer competition.

Meanwhile, their national team, the Tiki Toa are edging closer towards representing Oceania at this year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Russia next month.

The squad is expected to travel to France then Russia for a training camp ahead of the tournament.

Football remains on hold in Fiji due to COVID-19.

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