The best female footballers in Vanuatu face off in the inaugural VFF Women’s Champions League, Telekom S-League games continue in the Solomon Islands and Fiji prepares for a long-awaited return to action. Here’s our wrap of this week’s competition action from around the region.
At the time of writing the first ever VFF Women’s Champions League in Vanuatu had just finished its second round of group play, with Galaxy FC and Young Star Women FC sitting atop of Group A and Group B respectively.
Galaxy enjoyed a huge 24-0 win to open their campaign, before edging past LL Echo FC 2-0 on Match Day 2.
Young Star meanwhile had a 4-1 win against Banban United FC followed by a 2-0 victory over Tokotara FC.
The top two teams from each group at the end of the three-match group stage will qualify through to the semi-finals, with the final set down for October 25.
In the Solomon Islands’ Telekom S-League ladder leaders Central Coast FC made a statement with a dominant showing against Kula FC, running out 5-0 winners on the road to maintain a five-point gap between themselves and the second placed Solomon Warriors FC.
The Warriors enjoyed a 3-1 win themselves, getting over the top of Laugu United FC thanks to a Benjamin Totori double in the first half and another goal from Dennis Ifunaoa. The news got even better for the competition’s two top sides when third-placed Waneague United FC fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Honiara City FC.
A James Naka second-half double saw Henderson Eels FC home against Marist FC 2-0, while a double from Alfred Sade wasn’t enough for Real Kakamora FC, who went down 3-2 to Kossa FC.
Vfresh FC Isabel United won 3-1 over Southern United FC in the remaining match.
In Samoa’s Upolu Senior League men’s division, Vaipuna and Lion of Judah each enjoyed 1-0 wins, Lupe o le Soaga won 5-1 and Vaivase tai were 3-1 winners against Vaiusu.
Kiwi FC got up 3-0 over Togafuafua and USP were were in fine form as they ran out 9-0 victors over Moataa.
In the women’s section Faatoia United got past Faleasiu 2-0, Vaipuna and Saleimoa couldn’t be split in a 1-1 draw and Kiwi FC won 6-0 against Lepea.
Lotopa and Adidas were big winners, recording 13-0 and 8-3 winners over Vaivase tai and Moataa respectively.
After a lengthy pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic football is back in Fiji, with futsal and beach soccer returning this week ahead of the resumption of play in the men’s Digicel Premier League on Sunday.