Tournament winners have been crowned in Tahiti, a change at the top in Fiji and a five-goal haul. Here is a wrap of the action from some of the premier competitions across Oceania.
The Coupe Élite competition in Tahiti came to its conclusion on April 2 with AS Dragon emerging as winners after a tense penalty shoot-out win over AS Tamarii Punaruu.
AS Dragon had booked their place in the final at Stade Pater after beating AS Tefana in the semi-finals, also on penalties, whilst Tamarii Punaruu advanced to the final after prospective semi-final opponents AS Pirae made the decision to withdraw from the tournament.
AS Dragon currently top the Ligue 1 Vini standings and therefore entered the final as favourites but found themselves a goal down after Teikiukumoana Robert Ah Sam scored the opening goal.
However, Teiki Vaea pulled the teams level just before half-time with AS Dragon going on to to win 3-2 on penalties and claim the Coupe Élite trophy.
Ligue 1 returns on April 8, where AS Dragon will look to build on this momentum and maintain their top spot.
Meanwhile, the women’s Coupe du President quarter-final second legs also took place in Tahiti on the same weekend. There were no big turnarounds, despite the best efforts of AS Dragon, whose 1-0 second leg win was not enough to overcome AS Pirae’s 3-1 first-leg lead.
AS Mira won 6-1 to confirm an 11-2 aggregate victory over AS Pueu whilst AS Tiare Hinano and AS Papara FC also advanced to the semi-finals.
In Fiji, there has been a change at the top of the men’s Digicel Premier League following Rewa FC’s 1-1 draw away to Navua FC.
Suva FC now hold a two-point advantage at the top of the table after a Malakai Rakula double secured their 2-0 win over Nadi FC.
Suva are now top of the league on 17 points compared to Rewa’s 15 with both sides unbeaten.
Elsewhere, third-place Ba FC were left stunned after two goals each from Siotame Kubu and Taniela Waqa helped Labasa FC to a 5-2 win, their first victory of the season.
Nadroga FC are fourth after a 2-1 win over Nasinu FC.
Tailevu Naitasiri FC, Navua and Nasinu are now all level on seven points whilst Nadi FC and Labasa are in eighth and ninth with six and five points respectively. Last year’s winners Lautoka FC are bottom but have played just two games. They are back in action in the next round of matches, travelling to face Nasinu.
In the Digicel Women’s Super League, Ba FC continue to dominate, stretching their perfect start to the season with a 4-1 win over Nadroga FC. Labasa FC lost ground in second after a 1-1 draw with third place Suva FC whilst Rewa FC picked up their first win of the season in style, winning 12-1 at Tailevu Naitasiri, Lora Bukalidi scoring five goals.