Tuesday, January 31, 2017

OFC Champions League Qualifying: Puaikura Advance To Group Stage; Utulei Youth Eliminating

The qualifying round for OFC Champions League continued on Tuesday with two games, both contested at Loto-Tonga Soka Centre in Nuku'alofa, Tonga.

In the opener, Kris Carpenter (29') and Maro Bonsu-Maro (30') each scored a goal in the first half-hour, a minute apart, as Puaikura FC from the Cook Islands locked up a berth in the group stage by defeating Lupe o la Soaga  of Samoa 2-1.

In the nightcap, Halapua Falepapalangi scored the winning goal in the 50th minute as Tonga's Veitongo defeated Utulei Youth 3-1, eliminating the club from American Samoa in the process.

Qualifying Group Standings:

1. x-Puaikura (GP: 2; GD: +5; PTS: 8)
2.    Lupe o la Soaga (GP: 2; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
3.    Veitongo (GP: 2; GD: -2; PTS: 3)
4. z-Utulei Youth (GP: 2; GD: -3; PTS: 0)

x-Clinched berth in group stage


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