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Lautoka leads as Fiji places football on hold

Lautoka, in blue, ahead of their match with Nadroga during the weekend. Photo Credit: Fiji FA Media

Lautoka FC edged Nadroga 1-0 during their Digicel Premier League encounter in Fiji during the weekend as they maintained their advantage at the top of the ladder.

Sairusi Nalaubu’s second half goal was all that separated the sides in what continues to be a closely fought league through the opening six rounds.

In the competition’s other matches, Rewa held onto second place as they beat Ba FC 2-0, while Akemi Ralulu’s early strike helped Labasa remain unbeaten as they edged Suva 1-0 to stay in third; Nadi and Navua drew 2-2.

In the Digicel Women’s Super League, Ba have proven to be a dominant force in the opening stages of the new competition with four wins from as many outings; they have scored 33 goals and conceded only three.

They’re the only undefeated team in the competition and beat Suva 7-0 during the weekend, while the third-placed Labasa beat Rewa 1-0, which saw Labasa join Rewa on nine competition points but Rewa hold second place due to a superior goal difference. Nadroga, who are in fourth, beat Tailevu Naitasiri in the round’s final match.

Following a flare up of coronavirus, all football activities in Fiji have been placed on hold for at least two weeks.

New Caledonia’s Super Ligue got underway during the weekend after the original start date was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Defending champions Tiga Sport made a winning start with a 4-3 victory over Horizon Patho, while Hienghène Sport opened the competition with a 2-0 win over AS Lossi.

In the other fixtures from round one, JS Baco and AS Magenta drew 1-1, AS Kunie beat Qanono Sport 2-1, AS Wetr hammered RC Poindimie 13-0, and SC Ne Drehu defeated Dumbéa FC 5-0.

The Super Ligue Futsal competition and the national U-18 football league also began during the weekend. All of the results and points tables can be found here.

Koloale FC have made a strong start to the Solrais Women’s Premier League in the Solomon Islands and edged Frigates United 1-0 courtesy of a late goal to Cathy Aihunu during the weekend.

Koloale, who have won both of their opening matches, sit atop the standings in the early going, ahead of Solright FC and the RSIPF Royals on goal difference.

Solright dispatched Borderline United 12-0 on the back of four goals from Ella Vakatao, while the Royals topped Marist FC 7-0 with Sandra Wale claiming a hat-trick.

In the round’s other matches, Naha FC beat West Honiara 4-0, while Ha’arosia and Haura FC fought to a 0-all stalemate.

Haura FC’s Claudia Votu was named player of the match in her side’s clash with Ha’arosia FC. Photo Credit: SIFF Media

In New Zealand’s National League, Auckland City FC have moved to the top of the Northern League with four wins from as many matches and are ahead of Western Springs on goal difference.

City have a game in hand on Western Springs who went down 5-3 to Melville United during the weekend.

In the Central League, the Miramar Rangers are at the top of the ladder with a perfect four from four record, while Wellington Olympic AFC are in second with three wins and a draw.

Check out the points tables and all of the weekend’s results here.

Tahiti’s Ligue 1 has moved into the playoffs where the top seven will vie for the title, while the bottom six will compete to avoid relegation.

During the weekend, in the top seven, Dragon beat Central Sport 3-1, AS Venus topped Tiare 2-0, and Pirae edged Tefana 2-1; Pueu had the bye.

In Samoa, youth football is in full flight with competitions running for players from 8 to 19 years of age.

In Tonga, a women’s football capacity building workshop took place last week that was capped off with a football festival for more than 150 girls.

Meanwhile, football is on hold in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu due to COVID-19 related issues.

The men’s and women’s TNPF leagues in Tuvalu, who are an Associate Member of OFC, concluded during the weekend.

Tofaga won the men’s A and B-Divisions, while Nauti claimed the women’s title.

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