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Oceania competitions wrap – Tahiti’s top two battle to 1-1 draw

AS Venus celebrate their late equaliser v AS Dragon. Photo credit: Christophe Fotozz.

The title chasers in Tahiti face off, there’s quarter-final action from Papua New Guinea and New Zealand’s domestic cups continued in this week’s Oceania competitions wrap.

Tahiti’s top two in Ligue 1 Vini faced off at the weekend with a late equaliser keeping AS Venus at the top of the table.

Venus went into the game two points ahead of AS Dragon, who would have moved into first place with a win. For a while, it appeared that would be the case, with Raimana Li Fung Kuee’s goal 41 minutes in putting Dragon into the lead.

However, with seven minutes remaining, Heiarii Tavanae scored the leveller to keep Venus ahead in the standings.

The result means AS Pirae closed the gap behind the leading pair in third with Benoit Mathon’s hat-trick helping them to a 6-1 sweep over fourth-place AS Tefana.

AS Pueu closed in on AS Central Sport in a mid-table clash, winning 4-1 and AS Olympic de Mahina, AS Tamarii Punaruu and AS Excelsior also picked up wins.

NCD Hekari FC, Bara FC, Mommers FC and NCD FC are through to the semi-finals of Papua New Guinea’s Women’s National Soccer League (WNSL).

The WNSL quarter-finals took place over the weekend with two teams progressing in convincing fashion and the other two games decided by narrow margins.

Calista Maneo was the hero for NCD Hekari, scoring all six of her team’s goals in a 6-0 triumph over Hagen FC to reach the final four. Bara also enjoyed a comfortable win at the expense of Hamatana FC, winning 4-0.

The other two quarter-finals were settled by just the one goal, with Mommers defeating Poro FC 1-0 and NCD getting the better of Kiara FC 2-1.

In New Zealand’s Kate Sheppard Cup, last season’s beaten finalists Hamilton Wanderers have been knocked out early following a 3-0 loss to Ellerslie AFC.

Reigning champions Wellington United AFC had no such trouble navigating their safe passage, beating Kapiti Coast United 5-0 and there were emphatic wins for Palmerston North Marist FC and Eastern Suburbs AFC.

In the Chatham Cup, title-holders Cashmere Technical won a hard-fought game against Selwyn United 3-1 while five-time winners Central United FC’s journey continues after a 4-1 win away at Ngongotaha AFC.

Sunday League side Sperm Whales FC’s dream run in the competition beached itself following a 5-1 loss to Metro FC while North Wellington FC, Nelson Suburbs FC, Auckland United FC and Dunedin City Royals FC enjoyed big wins to move into Round Three.

All the Kate Shephard Cup and Chatham Cup results in New Zealand can be viewed below.

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