While New Zealand’s Auckland City FC were busy securing their tenth OFC Champions League title this week, domestic football competitions across the region were ongoing.
One of the stars of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup 2022 shone on the return of women’s football in Fiji, while we have new leaders in the men’s league as well as action from Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Samoa in this week’s competitions wrap.
Fiji’s Digicel Women’s Super League returned this week following a mid-season break for the Women’s Nations Cup and many of the players who helped the Kulas to a runner-up spot last month were in action.
One of the tournament’s star players was Cema Nasau and her outstanding form continued with an astonishing seven goal performance as top-of-the-table Labasa continued their unbeaten run with a 9-3 win over Rewa.
Second-place Ba were also big winners, defeating Suva 7-1 while Tailevu Naitasiri beat Nadroga 2-0.
Lautoka FC have moved to the top of Fiji’s Digicel Premier League following a 2-0 win over Nasinu FC at the weekend. The Baby Blues do however have the advantage of playing three games more than second-place Rewa FC, who get back to action this weekend following their OCL campaign in Auckland. The Delta Tigers are just two points behind the new leaders while third-place Suva FC got back to winning ways against Navua FC, to maintain their title hunt.
Elsewhere, Nadi FC and Ba FC enjoyed wins over Labasa FC and Tailevu Naitasiri FC respectively.
Away from league action and the annual FFA Battle of the Giants begins on August 26 and the draw took place this week.
Group A will see Nadi, Suva, Labasa and Nadroga face off while hosts Lautoka take on Rewa, Ba and Navua in Group B.
In the Solomon Islands’ Telekom S-League, the Solomon Warriors continued their impressive start to the season with a 2-1 win over Henderson Eels FC while second-placed Kossa FC dropped points after a 0-0 draw with Honiara City FC.
Third-place Waneagu FC had a bye week due to Central Coast’s participation in the OCL semi-finals, but Laugu United FC are into fourth after beating Southern United 5-1 and Marist FC also hit five, beating Real Kakamora FC 5-2. Meanwhile, FC Isabel United picked up their first win of the season, with a 1-0 triumph over Kula FC.
In Samoa’s FFS National Premier Men’s competition Vaipuna SC remain top with an 11-1 win over Faatoia United FC. Lupe Ole Soaga SC, Vaivase-Tai FC, Lepea FC, Kiwi FC and USP FC also picked up wins.
There were only three fixtures in New Caledonia’s Super Ligue played over the weekend due to flight disruptions. SC Ne Drehu and Horizon Patho both picked up wins against JS Baco and Dumbéa FC respectively while AS Lössi and AS Magenta played out a goalless draw.