Suva FC make up ground in Fiji, Tahiti’s AS Dragon stay top and the Women’s Challenge Cup changes hands in American Samoa. Check out the latest competition news from around the region. 

A top-of-the-table clash in Fiji’s Digicel Premier League saw second-placed Suva jump to within three points of Lautoka FC, after a double from Merral Nand fired them to a 2-1 victory. 

It remains an uphill battle for Suva though, with Lautoka still having a game in hand due to a postponed match.

There were wins in Round 12 as well for the competition’s third and fourth-ranked sides, Rewa FC and Ba FC, who won 3-0 against Nadroga FC and Navua FC respectively. 

Navua played two matches in order to make up their game in hand, going down 201 to Labasa FC in their other match, while Labasa also doubled up, losing to Nadi FC in their other game. 

The single Digicel Women’s Super League game played on December 3 saw undefeated Ba punish their nearest ladder rivals Labasa 6-1.

In Tahiti’s League 1 Vini AS Vénus powered to a 5-0 win over AS Central Sport, while competition leaders AS Dragon got past AS Tamarii Punaruu 3-1. 

AS Pirae were too strong for AS Tiare Tahiti (3-0), AS Pueu edged past AS Excelsior 2-1 and AS Mataiea beat AS Olympic de Main 4-1. 

Miramar Rangers are through to the final of New Zealand’s Men’s National League South Central League after a 2-2 draw with Selwyn United which guaranteed them top spot.

They’ll take on Wellington Olympic, who secured a finals berth ahead of Cashmere Technical, despite Cashmere running riot against them in the final round in a 5-1 victory.

The Wellington Phoenix Reserves finished on a high with a 6-0 demolition of Western Suburbs.

In the women’s division Canterbury United edged past Capital 3-2, while ladder-leading Southern United were 3-1 winners against Central.

In the Cook Islands premier men’s competition, Puaikura secured a semi-final berth with a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Titikaveka FC, after scores had been tied at the end of 90 minutes.

Matavera took down Avatiu 4-2 in the other match.

In the women’s division Matavera beat Titikaveka 4-2 and Avatiu downed Nikao Sokattak 1-0. 

The latest round of the American Samoa Men’s Challenge Cup saw Utulei retain control of the cup with a 8-2 win over Green Bay, while Pansa wrestled control of the women’s cup with a 2-0 defeat of Black Roses.