Domestic cup champions are knocked out in New Zealand, an unbeaten streak ends in New Caledonia, Tahiti’s contenders win again and a big win at the top of the table in Fiji – all this and more in this week’s Oceania competitions wrap.
The eight teams who will contest New Zealand’s Kate Sheppard Cup quarter-finals are now confirmed and the reigning champions will not be one of them.
Wellington United AFC, winners of the 2021 edition, were dumped out at the third-round stage on Saturday, losing on penalties to Palmerston North Marist FC.
Palmerston North will be joined in the last eight by Waterside Karori, Dunedin City Royals FC, Tauranga City AFC, Auckland United FC, Northern Rovers FC and Eastern Suburbs AFC – all of whom won their respective ties with relative ease.
Cashmere Technical, the most recent winners of the Chatham Cup, nearly joined Wellington United in failing to defend their domestic cup title. They needed extra-time to overcome Ferrymead Bays FC.
Meanwhile, last year’s runners-up Miramar Rangers AFC progressed safely while Melville United AFC, Auckland City AFC and Napier City Rovers AFC were among the other teams to advance. Full results from Round Three are available here.
In New Caledonia, Tiga Sport’s unbeaten start to the new season has come to an end. Buoyed by their recent qualification for the OFC Champions League finals, Hienghène Sport came back from a goal down to eke out a 2-1 win against the league leaders, courtesy of an Antoine Roine double. The reigning champions are now just one point behind Tiga at the top of Super Ligue New Caledonia.
Elsewhere, AS Magenta moved into third following a 3-2 win over Dumbea FC while Qanono Sport and AS Lössi also enjoyed wins. Horizon Patho and AS Wetr played out a 2-2 draw and SC Ne Drehu’s fixture with AS Mont-Dore was postponed due to bad weather.
Tahiti’s Ligue 1 was back following a break week and AS Vénus, fresh from their qualification for the OFC Champions League, continue to lead the way, beating AS Olympic De Mahina 8-0.
AS Pirae, the team they beat to secure continental qualification, also won by eight goals, thrashing bottom side AS Mataiea 9-1. Vénus and Pirae meet again next weekend in a rematch of the OCL National Playoff clash.
AS Dragon, currently in second, maintained the pressure on Vénus at the top of the league by battling to a 2-1 win over AS Pueu while AS Excelsior, AS Tefana and AS Tamarii Punaruu also earned three points.
Meanwhile, in Fiji, whilst the men’s Premier League took time off for the OCL National Playoff, the women’s Super League went ahead. In a top of the table clash, Labasa FC closed the gap on table-toppers Ba FC with a crushing 4-0 win. Labasa FC were also big winners, beating Tailevu Naitasiri FC 7-0. A much closer game between Nadroga FC and Rewa FC ended in a 1-0 win for Nadroga.