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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Auckland and AS Pirae FC's seal semi final spots: OFC Club Championship

Tahiti's AS Pirae became the second confirmed Oceania Club Championships semifinalist on sunday while Fiji's Eagles United joined YoungHeart Manawatu atop group B.

Pirae overwhelmed Papua New Guinea's Sobou 7-0 on Domain 3 at North Harbour Stadium to join Auckland City in the final four.

Eagles United were emphatic 4-0 winners over Vanuatu's Tafea FC as dismal weather continued to dog the FIFA Club World Cup qualifying tournament.

The win sealed AS Pirae a semifinal spot, with their clash against Auckland City today set to decide top spot in Group A. Melanesian neighbours Sobou FC (PNG) and Marist FC (Solomon Islands) will fight out for third place and possible automatic qualification for next years OFC Champions League. The Solomon Champion, Marist FC became a much improved side after their 10-1 hiding from AS Pirae against the much fancied Auckland FC but eventually went down 3-1 to Auckland City, who also confirmed a semi-final spot.

There is still all to play for in Group B with crucial matches today between Tafea FC and Youngheart Manawatu and AS Magenta and Nokia Eagles United.

Whilst Solomon presence is felt amongst the Youngheart Manawatu side in the likes of Commins Menapi, Alick Mamae, and Benjamin Totori other teams that fielded Solomon players such as Sobou and Marist FC performed well below expectations. This is something that SIFF and HFA might need to bring back to the drawing board after Makuru were also eliminated in the pool rounds in the last club championship in Tahiti.


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