October 2, 2023

Venus return to OCL

AS Venus will represent Tahiti in the 2022 OFC Champions League.

AS Venus’ Tauhiti Keck scores the decider against AS Pirae in the Tahiti national playoffs. (Photo: Screenshot)

AS Pirae – AS Venus 0-1

The single game qualifying match saw AS Pirae take on AS Venus for the chance to represent Tahiti at the premier club competition in Oceania.

And it was the guests in blue who battled their way through to the continental finals, set to take place in New Zealand in August.

In a game where chances were few and far between it would take until ten minutes before the end of extra time to find a winner

AS Venus’ Tauhiti Keck found the back of the net, following a corner that went all the way through the box and found his head on the back post.

AS Pirae never mounted a comeback and Keck’s header allows AS Venus to join Cook Islands’ Nikao Sokattack, New Zealand’s Auckland City and New Caledonia’s Hienghène Sport in the finals.

The remaining playoff games (All times are local):

June 17 | Rewa FC v Lautoka FC at Churchill Park, Lautoka – 7.00pm kickoff (Fiji)

June 18 | RueRue FC v Galaxy FC at Luganville Soccer City Stadium, Luganville – 2.00pm (Vanuatu)

June 19 | Lautoka FC v Rewa FC at Ratu Cakobau Park, Suva – 3.00pm kickoff (Fiji)

June 19 | Solomon Warriors FC v Central Coast FC at Lawson Tama Stadium – 3.00pm kickoff (Solomon Islands)

June 25 | Central Coast FC v Solomon Warriors FC at Lawson Tama Stadium – 3.00pm kickoff (Solomon Islands)

June 25 | Galaxy FC v RueRue FC at Korman Stadium, Port Vila – 2.00pm kickoff (Vanuatu)

June 25 | Lae City FC v Hekari United FC at PNG Football Stadium, Port Moresby – 3.00pm kickoff (Papua New Guinea)

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