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Oceania competitions wrap – Fiji FACT semi-finals decided

Ba FC, in black, defeated Nasinu FC 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of this year's Fiji FACT. Photo credit: FFA.

The final four in the Fiji FACT are now finalised, Tahiti’s top two run rampant and New Caledonia’s early pacesetters continue winning ways in this week’s Oceania competitions wrap.

The semi-finals of this year’s Fiji Football Association Cup Tournament (FACT) are now set following the end of a pulsating group stage over the weekend.

In Group A, Labasa FC and Lautoka FC have secured their passage to the final four in comfortable fashion.

Both teams finished on nine points but Labasa leapfrogged Lautoka in the final standings following a 2-0 win over Nadi FC in the final round of group games, knocking the Jetsetters out in the process. Meanwhile, already qualified Lautoka lost 2-1 to Navua, condemning them to the runner-up spot and a more difficult semi-final tie against the winners of Group B.

Nadi and Navua finished third and fourth respectively whilst Rewa FC, despite being unbeaten in this year’s Digicel Premier League, finished fifth, without a win.

Group B also had a dramatic conclusion on Sunday. Whilst unbeaten Suva FC breezed into the semi-finals, the battle for second place came down to the final game.

Nadroga FC were just moments away from securing second spot, despite Ba FC’s 6-1 rout of Nasinu FC. However, a 90th minute equaliser from Malakai Rakula in Nadroga’s final group clash against table-topping Suva means Ba progress to the next stage.

Tailevu Naitasiri FC finished in fourth place while Nasinu ended winless in fifth.

The semi-finals will see Group A winners Labasa take on Group B runners-up Ba while unbeaten Suva will meet Lautoka. Both games take place on Saturday, June 4, at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka.

The winners will then meet in the final of Fiji FACT 2022 on Sunday, June 5, also at Lawaqa Park.

In Tahiti, AS Dragon put last week’s loss to AS Tefana behind them in style this weekend to continue applying pressure on AS Venus at the top of Ligue 1 Vini.

Dragon romped to a 10-0 win at AS Olympic De Mahina with Shawn Roonui Tinirauarii scoring four. However, Venus continue to command at the top of the table after their own comfortable win, beating AS Mataiea 15-0, captain Teaonui Tehau scoring eight of their goals.

AS Pirae and AS Tamarii Temanava also enjoyed big wins, 7-0 and 5-1 over AS Excelsior and AS Tiare Tahiti respectively.

Tefana followed up their win over Dragon last week with a 3-1 triumph at AS Pueu while AS Tamarii Punaruu and AS Central Sport played out a 1-1 draw.

In New Caledonia, Hienghène Sport and SC Ne Drehu both enjoyed wins in the Super Ligue over the weekend, as they prepare for their OFC Champions League National Playoff on June 4 and 6.

The two teams vying for New Caledonia’s spot in the region’s premier club competition both won 3-1, Hienghène beating Horizon Patho and Ne Drehu dispatching of AS Kunié.

However, both sides remain behind the current table-toppers Tiga Sport, who returned to winning ways after last week’s draw. Tiga defeated AS Magenta 1-0 in a close-run affair to maintain their dominance as league leaders.

In the Super Ligue’s other fixtures, JS Baco’s search for a win continues following a 3-0 loss at AS Mont-Dore, Qanono Sport beat Dumbéa FC 2-1 to move level on points with their opponents while AS Lössi secured a 2-0 win over AS Wetr.

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