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Oceania competitions wrap – Action from Fiji, Samoa and the Solomon Islands

Suva FC and Nadi FC battling it out in Fiji's Digicel Premier League. Photo credit: FFA Facebook.

Title challengers falter in Fiji,  leaders dominate in Samoa and the cup draw is set in New Caledonia in this week’s Oceania competitions wrap. 

Suva FC’s title challenge in Fiji’s Digicel Premier League continues to stall following a 1-0 loss against Nadi FC over the weekend. Siotame Kubu’s goal separated the sides, with Suva now four points behind leaders Rewa FC but with just one game in hand.

Rewa were not in action this week, as they were in Auckland competing in the OFC Champions League 2022, but second-placed Lautoka did not take the chance to take top spot. A 2-2 draw with Tailevu Naitasiri leaves them two points behind Rewa, having played two games extra.

Elsewhere, Labasa FC shocked fourth-placed Ba FC 4-0 while Nadroga FC claimed a 2-0 win over Nasinu FC.

Fans of the Digicel Women’s Super League will have to wait a little while longer for the return of the competition, after the weekend’s games were postponed.

In Samoa’s FFS National Premier Men’s competition there was a thrilling 3-3 draw between Sogi SC and Faatoia United FC but Vaipuna SC remain top of the table with a 100 per cent record following a 9-0 win over Vaiusu FC.

Lupe Ole Soaga SC, Vaitele-uta SC and Lepea FC all picked up wins while Kiwi FC and Vaivase-tai FC drew 0-0.

In the National Premier Women’s competition, Kiwi remain top with a 3-0 victory over Vaivase-tai FC with Faatoia United just behind after a 2-0 win over Lepea. Faleasiu SC thrashed A.D.I.D.A.S SC 7-0 with Vaiusu and Lotopa SC also winners.

The Solomon Islands S-League continued over the weekend with a full story on the start of the new season here.

In the most recent round of fixtures, Solomon Warriors cemented their claim as title contenders with a 9-0 win over Real Kakamora, while Kossa and Waneagu won tight games against Marist and Isabel United respectively. Honiara City won for the first time this season, 4-0 over Kula with Laugu United missing out as they were due to face Central Coast – who will face Auckland City FC in the semi-finals of the OFC Champions League 2022 this Sunday.

The draw for New Caledonia’s Coupe de Calédonie round of 16 has been set – with the fixtures set to take place on the weekend of August 27-28.

The team who win New Caledonia’s domestic cup will qualify for French football’s Coupe de France, entering at the seventh round in October.

The full draw is listed below:

ES Wacaele

v

AS Magenta

JS Baco

v

OC Hmeleck Noumea

Tiga Sport

v

AS Mont-Dore

Hienghène Sport

v

Qanono Sport

AS Kunié

v

Dumbea FC

AS Wetr

v

SC Ne Drehu

Poum Ou Poindimie (Nord)

v

AS Lössi

Horizon Patho

v

CA Saint-Louis

Meanwhile, in the Cook Islands, the call has gone out from the Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA) for players to get involved with the 2022 Rarotonga Football Season which is on the horizon.

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