A round-up of some of the recent fixtures across the region including cup winners in Fiji and Tahiti, action from Solomon Islands and New Zealand plus updates from Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia.
Suva FC have won the Inter-District Championship in Fiji after a convincing win over Navua FC concluded the competition on Monday.
The capital club won 4-0 with Azariah Soromon, Samuela Drudru, Waisake Navunigasau and Remueru Tekiate scoring the goals.
Vanuatu international Soromon ended the tournament as the Golden Boot winner and Golden Ball winner as top scorer and best player in the competition.
AS Pirae stunned AS Vénus in Tahiti’s Trophée des Champions, the Ligue 1 winners thrashing the Coupe de Polynésie champions 6-0 at Stade Pater.
Tamatoa Tetauira scored a hat-trick and Benoît Mathon a brace as Pirae humbled the OFC Champions League 2022 finalists.
“We had to cement what we did last year by winning the title,” Tetauira told local media.
“We did it, and we did it well.”
In the Solomon Islands there are new leaders in the men’s S-League. Kossa FC took advantage of Henderson Eels’ defeat against Waneagu FC, beating FC Isabel United 4-1 to claim top spot.
Solomon Warriors moved into second place after two late goals from Norman Winford and Jerry Donga earned a 5-3 win over Southern United. In the weekend’s other fixtures, Marist FC beat defending champions Central Coast FC 1-0 and there were also wins for Laugu United FC and Real Kakamora FC.
In the Women’s Premier League, league leaders Henderson Eels dropped their first points of the season, drawing 1-1 with RSIPF Royals. That allowed Koloale FC in second and third-placed Frigates United FC to make ground, with 1-0 and 9-0 wins over Ha’arosia FC and Marist respectively. Geniagu FC and Haura FC also picked up three points.
In New Zealand, Eastern Suburbs AFC and Western Springs AFC continue to dominate the Women’s National League – taking their record to four wins from four over the weekend.
Eastern Suburbs beat Northern Rovers 5-2, a 90th minute brace from Deven Jackson securing her hat-trick and putting gloss on the victory. Meanwhile, Western Springs swept aside Capital Football 3-0.
There were also wins for Capital United Pride and Southern United against Auckland United FC and Central Football respectively.
In the Men’s National League, Birkenhead United AFC and Auckland City FC are the early pacesetters, as they secured their second win in as many games. Late goals from Luke Jorgensen and Dane Schnell earned Birkenhead a 4-2 win over Miramar Rangers AFC while Auckland City overcame last week’s table toppers Cashmere Technical 2-0.
Auckland United and Napier City Rovers AFC stayed in touch with draws versus Wellington Phoenix Reserves and Christchurch United respectively while Wellington Olympic AFC beat Melville United AFC 4-0.
Papua New Guinea’s Men’s National Conference Soccer League is now under way and OFC will provide regular updates once the competition is out of the regional stages.
New Caledonia’s domestic cup finals were played over the weekend, and you can read all about it here.