Big results in round one of New Zealand’s domestic cups, early dominance in New Caledonia and Tahiti’s title battle wages on in this week’s Oceania competitions wrap.
In New Zealand, Cashmere Technical began their Chatham Cup title defence in style. Jacob Richards scored a hat-trick to secure safe passage for the 2021 winners in a 6-0 win over Nomads United AFC.
Round one also saw a big upset, as Auckland Sunday Football Association side Sperm Whales FC scored an 87th minute penalty to defeat NRFL Division 2 leaders Ngaruawahia United AFC 2-1 and continue their cup run.
In the Kate Sheppard Cup, Kapiti Coast United booked a second round clash with reigning champions Wellington United by edging out Brooklyn Northern United 1-0. Meanwhile, there were big wins for Waikato Unicol AFC, Ellerslie AFC, West Coast Rangers FC and Hibiscus Coast AFC.
A hat-trick from Lues Waya helped Tiga Sport continue their perfect start to New Caledonia’s Super Ligue over the weekend. Tiga dispatched Qanono Sport 5-2 to remain top of the league.
A perfect weekend for Tiga continued as the chasing pack stumbled. SC Ne Drehu drew 1-1 with Dumbéa FC whilst AS Magenta leapfrogged their historic rivals Hienghène Sport into third with a 3-1 win.
AS Kunié and Horizon Patho also secured wins whilst AS Mont-Dore and AS Wetr shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.
In Tahiti, AS Venus had to battle hard to stay in touch with Ligue 1 Vini leaders AS Dragon, beating AS Central Sport 2-1 courtesy of a second-half goal from Tauhiti Keck. Table-toppers Dragon won 6-2 for the second successive week, sweeping aside AS Tamarii Temanava, despite being reduced to 10-men after 12 minutes.
Elsewhere, AS Pirae remain third after a 3-0 win over AS Tiare Tahiti, AS Tefana are fourth after a 2-0 win over AS Tamarii Punaruu whilst AS Olympic de Mahina and AS Pueu also picked up wins.
Ba FC remain in command at the top of Fiji’s Digicel Women’s Super League after a 4-1 win over Suva FC. Labasa FC remain in hot pursuit after a 4-1 victory over Rewa FC whilst Nadroga FC battled to a 2-0 win over Tailevu Naitasiri.
There was just one fixture in the men’s Premier League this weekend, Lautoka FC winning 5-1 against Nadroga FC to cement fourth-place at the league’s half-way stage.