An upset in the Solomon Islands sets the scene for a tense final fortnight in the S-League, Faatoia close in on top spot in Samoa and a first win arrives for a club in Fiji’s Digicel Women’s Super League. Here’s this week’s wrap of the competition action from around the region.
A thrilling final two rounds await in the Solomon Islands S-League, with three teams still a mathematical chance of claiming top spot.
Competition leaders Central Coast FC were beaten 2-0 by Waneagu FC, in a result which keeps third-placed Waneagu in the title hunt – five points off the lead – while also allowing second-ranked Solomon Warriors to jump to within two points of first place.
Molea Tigi scored his 12th and 13th goals of the year – which sees him tied with Gagame Feni as the S-League’s top scorer – to help the Warriors get by Southern United 3-1.
Kula FC and Marist FC couldn’t be split in their match, finishing up 2-2, while a John Oge double saw Vfresh Isabel United past Henderson Eels FC 2-0.
Laugu United left it late to seal a 1-0 victory against Real Kakamora FC and Honiara FC and Kossa FC drew 1-1.
In Fiji’s Digicel Premier League Lautoka FC remain six points clear at the top of the table after disposing of Rewa FC 3-0 in Round 9.
Second-placed Ba FC also won 3-0 over Nadi FC after scoring twice in the second half, while Suva FC and Nadroga FC couldn’t be split in a 2-2 draw.
Staying in Fiji, Tailevu Naitasiri recorded their first win of the year in the Digicel Women’s Super League, edging past Rewa 3-2 at the Fiji FA Academy in Suva.
Litina Bolananu scored twice to rescue a point for Suva in a come-from-behind 2-2 draw with Nadroga, after Sera Roiroi had earlier given her side the lead with a double inside the opening 13 minutes.
In New Zealand the National League South Central Series for both men and women got underway.
In the men’s section Cashmere Technical left it very, very late, scoring a winner in the 93rd minute to down Selwyn United 1-0, Miramar Rangers won 2-1 against Western Suburbs and Wellington Olympic got home 4-2 against the Wellington Phoenix U20 side.
The women’s grade saw Capital Football earn a 2-0 win over Central Football, while Southern United squeezed past Canterbury United 2-1.
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The Upolu Senior League in Samoa saw three of the premier women’s grade matches decided by a goal, with Vaipuna and Faatoia United both winning 1-0 against Lupe o le Soaga and Kiwi FC respectively, while Lepea were 2-1 winners over Moataa.
Faatoia’s win lifts them to within a point of Kiwi at the top of the table.
Saleimo beat Adidas 3-1 and Faleasiu scored five and conceeded two in their victory against Vaivase tai.
In the premier men’s grade Vaitele uta proved too strong for Togafuafua in a 5-2 win, while there were big wins as well for Lion of Judah (3-0 over Moataa) and Vaipuna (4-2 against Vaivase tai).
Sogi downed Vaiusu 3-1, Kiwi FC beat Faatoia United 2-1 and top-of-the-table Lupe o le Soaga were 2-0 winners against USP.