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Oceania: Lautoka go top in goalless draw against champions

Posted in Oceania Football by peterbein on January 15, 2011

OFC Champions League logoFijian champions Lautoka FC have gone top of Group A in the O-League, the elite club competition for clubs in the Oceania region, with a goalless draw against defending champions Hekari United.

This game had initially been postponed due to Hekari United’s involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup in December. Played in front of an expectant crowd in Lautoka the hosts were already top of the group before the game having a better goal difference than nearest challengers Amicale FC but Hekari United were hoping to establish their credentials with a win that would have them tied on three points along with the top two. However things wouldn’t work out like that as both teams cancelled each other out in a goalless stalemate. The result means Lautoka are the only unbeaten team in the group with seven points from three games, one more than Amicale whilst Hekari United will need to perform the sort of heroics which saw them win a maiden O-League title last season as they currently have four points. Koloale FC from the Solomon Islands prop up the rest of the table with just a solitary point to their name.

The next round of matches in the O-League will be played on February 4-5 with top playing bottom in Group A, Lautoka facing off against Koloale FC whilst Hekari face a tough match away at Amicale FC. In Group B the two New Zealand teams Auckland City and Waitakere United face away trips to AS Magenta (New Caledonia) and AS Tefana (French Polynesia) respectively.

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