Women's Champions League: Auckland wins over the Solomons, in New Zealand's first participation in the competition

Women's Champions League: Auckland wins over the Solomons, in New Zealand's first participation in the competition

The Auckland players won the OFC Women's Champions League on Saturday afternoon. Beat Hekari United of Papua New Guinea 1-0. In his first appearance, the New Zealanders succeed Caledonia Asaf as winners of the continental competition.

Respects logic. The final pitted Auckland United against Hekari United. The two best teams in the group stage were unbeaten. The match was decided this Saturday afternoon, at the Solomon Islands Stadium in Honiara, before half an hour had passed, with a long touch from New Zealand Green on the right side. She found striker Wasi, who sent a quick cross into the box for Bree Johnson. The winger took advantage of a favorable counterattack against goalkeeper Watbock to open the scoring. Oakland was rewarded with a better start.

At the end of the first half, the reaction of the Hekari players. Felice Bala's central shot is not far from entering the cage. In the next corner, Greer McIntosh, under pressure, put a header on his post. That's before Singara got the ball back and tripped Hollis. Auckland immediately loses 2-0. Wasi returns to the pivot and serves Johnson between two opposing defenders. The goal that was scored was disallowed due to offside. We were one goal away at the end of the first half.

In the second half, Auckland had several other opportunities to score the point. But the team fails in the last effort. Wasi is the first to control the ball poorly inside the area. Johnson was then very reluctant to launch a counterattack because of his numerical superiority. We'll leave it there. New Zealand won 1-0 in the most comprehensive Champions League this year, with eight clubs participating. They have succeeded Caledonia since Assaf won the tournament last year. This time the Women's Academy Sports Federation lost during the group stage.

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Reported by Martin Charmason

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