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Oceania competitions wrap – New Zealand domestic cup finalists confirmed after semi-final action

Goalkeeper Ellen Blount and captain Talisha Green of Northern Rovers celebrate their penalty shootout win in the semi-finals of the 2022 Kate Sheppard Cup. Photo credit: Shane Wenzlick/Phototek.

The teams who will compete New Zealand’s domestic cup finals are now known while things are looking tight at the top in the Solomon Islands – all this and more in this week’s Oceania competitions wrap. 

Following last Wednesday’s OFC Champions League final triumph, Auckland City FC wrapped up a spectacular week by qualifying for the final of New Zealand’s domestic cup competition. The Navy Blues secured their place in the Chatham Cup final after goals from Dylan Manickum, Joe Lee and Emiliano Tade earned them a 3-1 semi-final triumph over Wellington Olympic FC.

They will face fellow Auckland side Eastern Suburbs in the final after they edged past Hamilton Wanderers in the final four courtesy of Adam Thurston’s second-half penalty.

The Kate Sheppard Cup final will also be an all-Auckland affair, as Auckland United FC and Northern Rovers advanced from the semi-finals. A four-goal performance from Martine Puketapu helped Auckland United ease to a 5-2 win over Palmerston North Marist FC. Northern Rovers had a more difficult experience, eventually overcoming Dunedin City Royals FC 5-3 on penalties after the game ended 2-2 after extra time.

Both finals will take place at Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium on Sunday, September 11.

In the Solomon Islands, three teams are all level on points at the top of the Telekom S-League after the weekend’s action. Solomon Warriors remain top on goal difference following a 1-1 draw with third-place Laugu United. Kossa FC move into second following a 2-0 win over Real Kakamora, Benjamin Totori and Joses Nawo with the goals.

Henderson Eels beat Marist FC in the weekend’s only other game, as heavy rain caused the postponement of Saturday’s fixtures.

The Solrais Women’s Premier League also kicks off next weekend, meaning more football action across the Solomon Islands.

Rewa FC were back in Fiji Digicel Premier League action this week following their recent OCL exploits and drew back level with Lautoka FC at the top of the table with a 0-0 draw against Navua.

Meanwhile, Suva FC continue to lose their footing in the title race after a 2-1 defeat to Labasa FC.

Two of Samoa’s leading clubs in the FFS National Premier Men’s League met over the weekend. Vaipuna SC and Lupe o le Soaga SC drew 1-1, allowing Kiwi FC to take over at the top of the table with a 5-2 win over Vaiusu FC.

Lion of Judah, Vaivase-tai FC and USP FC also picked up wins.

In the National Premier Women’s League first-placed Kiwi cruised to a 13-0 win over A.D.I.D.A.S SC while Vaiusu also enjoyed a stunning win, 8-0 over Vaivase-tai.

Vaipuna and Faatoia United FC also enjoyed victories while Lotopa SC and Lupe o le Soaga settled for a 1-1 draw.

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