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Pacific football competitions wrap – Sep 17

Tonga semi-final action between Havelu and Nukuhetulu. Photo Credit: TFA Media

Round two of the S-League kicks off in the Solomon Islands, semi-final football arrives in Tonga and the wider Papua New Guinea national squad assembles for a camp in Port Morseby. Here’s the latest wrap of the competition action from around the Oceania region.  

With the domestic league taking a two-week break in Papua New Guinea, the national team assembled for an inter-squad trial at the PNG Football Stadium in Port Moresby last weekend. The match, which was played in front of spectators, ended in a 1-1 draw, with the two squads spending the week prior in a training camp ahead of being released back to their respective club sides.  

The Telekom S-League returned in the Solomon Islands for round two after the season took a break. Henderson Eels FC won 2-0 over Kula FC in the latest round, while Solomon Warriors FC edged past Isabel United 2-1 and Central Coast FC won 3-1 against Kossa FC. A goal from Atkin Kaua proved the difference for Laugu United FC, winning 1-0 against Honiara City FC. Waneagu United FC beat Marist FC 3-0 and Jaygray Sipakana scored all four goals in Real Kakamora’s 4-2 come-from-behind win against Southern United FC in the remaining match.  

The national men’s futsal team, known as the Kurukuru, have been representing Oceania on the world stage at the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Lithuania. While their opening two games have been tough against Morocco (6-0 loss) and Portugal (7-0 loss), the Kurukuru can be proud of their efforts and will be looking ahead to their final group game v Thailand on Monday morning NZ time. 

Semi-finals of the Tonga Football Association Major League were played over the weekend, with four games taking place. In the men’s grade Veitongo beat Popua 3-0, while Lotoha’apai won 3-1 over Fahefa. In the women’s grade Havelu edged past Nukuhetulu 4-3 and Veitongo won 2-0 against Toa Girls.  

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