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Oceania competitions wrap – Super Ligue returns in New Caledonia

Azaria Soromon celebrates his hat-trick goal for Suva FC v Navua FC. Credit: Fiji Football Association.

The Super Ligue begins in New Caledonia, Ligue 1 returns in Tahiti and a 14-0 win in Fiji. Here is a wrap of the action from some of the premier competitions across Oceania.

In New Caledonia, the 2022 Super Ligue got underway this weekend with AS Lössi taking the early lead at the top of the table, beating AS Kunié 3-2 at the Stade Numa Daly.

No club managed to match AS Lössi’s opening day result, with the other teams in action all drawing.

AS Wetr came from two goals down in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Dumbéa FC, AS Horizon Patho and AS Mont-Dore played out a 2-2 draw whilst Qanono Sports and AS Magenta shared a goal apiece in a 1-1 tie.

Unfortunately, the Hienghène Sport v SC Ne Drehu and JS Baco v AS Tiga Sport games were both called off due to the impact of Cyclone Fili and have been rescheduled for next weekend, Saturday, April 16.

Ligue 1 Vini was also back this week after a mid-season break in the elite Tahitian competition and league leaders AS Dragon picked up where they left off, securing a dominant 5-1 win over AS Excelsior thanls to hat-trick from Shawn Roonui Tinirauarii.

Second-place AS Venus remain in touching distance however in second after Teaonui Tehau surpassed 20 goals this season in a 3-0 win over AS Tamarii Punaruu.

Meanwhile, third place AS Pirae and AS Central Sport in fourth also won their return games comfortably, 2-0 and 4-0 against AS Tamarii Temanava and AS Tiare Tahiti respectively.

In the other two remaining games, AS Tefana overcame AS Mataiea 3-0 while AS Pueu beat AS Olympic De Mahina 4-1.

In Fiji, Suva FC remain top of the Digicel Premier League following a 3-0 win over Navua FC. A hat-trick from Azaria Soromon secured all three points.

The result means they hold off the challenge of Rewa FC, who remain second after a hard-fought win over Nadroga FC, who have dropped to fifth. A goal from Abbu Zahid in the 84th minute proved the difference in a 2-1 win which briefly took them back to the top of the table before Suva’s win.

Ba FC remain third after a 2-0 win over Tailevu Naitasiri in sixth.

The top three will however have their eyes on ninth-place Lautoka FC, who were back in action this week. The reigning champions were playing just their third game of the season and picked up a 3-1 victory over Nasinu FC to move just pne point behind them in eighth and remind teams of their threat.

Elsewhere, a brace from Sakaraia Naisua helped Nadi FC move up to fourth in the table after a 3-1 win over Labasa FC, who remain bottom.

In the Digicel Women Super League a top-of-the-table clash between Ba FC and Labasa FC ended 0-0, ensuring both remain unbeaten but Ba remain top.

There was no lack of goals in the other two games, as Suva FC and Rewa FC split themselves from the chasing pack with convincing wins.

Suva dominated Tailevu Naitasiri FC, winning 14-0 with Ledua Senisea scoring four goals. Rewa, who won 12-0 last weekend, defeated Nadroga FC 8-0 with the in-form Lora Bukalidi scoring a hat-trick.

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