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Oceania competitions wrap – Title twist in Tahiti

AS Pirae's win this weekend keeps them in Tahiti's title race. Photo credit: Christophe Fotozz.

Title twists in Tahiti, shock scorelines in New Caledonia and an unbeaten record falls in Fiji – all this and more in this week’s Oceania competitions wrap.

There has been a dramatic change at the top of Tahiti’s Ligue 1 Vini table with just two points separating the top three with two games left to play.

AS Dragon moved to the top of the table over the weekend, after AS Vénus lost to third-place AS Pirae.

Pirae, gaining revenge for their OFC Champions League National Playoff loss, defeated Vénus 2-1 on Friday, Benoit Mathon scoring both goals to keep their title hopes alive.

That left the door open for Dragon to leapfrog Vénus into top spot with a win on Saturday, an opportunity they duly accepted – beating AS Central Sport 5-1.

Dragon are now top on 71 points, Vénus drop to second on 70 and Pirae are third on 69 points. It could all boil down to the final game of the season, when Dragon and Pirae face off at Stade Pater.

In Tahiti’s other action this weekend, bottom-club AS Mataiea picked up their first win of the season, Marcel Paariotare’s 90th minute winner securing a 3-2 triumph over AS Tiare Tahiti. AS Olympic de Mahina, AS Tamarii Punaruu and AS Tefana also secured wins.

In New Caledonia, Tiga Sport got back to winning ways in the Super Ligue, beating AS Wetr 2-0 but Hienghène Sport remain in hot pursuit after thrashing JS Baco 6-2.

There was a shock scoreline as third and fourth place AS Magenta and SC Ne Drehu faced off. What looked an even game on paper turned out to be anything but, with Magenta cruising to a 5-1 win that cements their grip on third.

Horizon Patho and AS Kunié also enjoyed wins while AS Lössi and Dumbea FC drew 1-1.

There was an upset in Fiji’s Digicel Women Super League as Rewa ended Ba’s unbeaten streak, two late goals from Joyce Naceva and Lora Bukalidi earning the home side a thrilling 6-5 win. Labasa remain in command at the top-of-the-table after a 6-1 win over Tailevu Naitasiri FC.

Fiji’s Digicel Premier League returned from mid-season break this week, with the league’s top four all in action against each other. Table-topping Suva FC remain unbeaten after a 1-1 draw with Lautoka FC while Rewa FC, fresh from their qualification for the OFC Champions League group stage, shared the same scoreline with Ba FC.

Elsewhere, Nadi FC and Labasa FC also picked up victories.

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