City set for final group game

Words: ACFC Media

Friday 17 May 2024

Picture: Phototek

PAPEETE, Tahiti - Auckland City FC will line up against Solomon Warriors knowing exactly what is required from them to qualify for the group stage of 2024 OFC Champions League in Tahiti.

After kicking off early in their opening two matches the Navy Blues play their third and final pool game in State Paea following the conclusion of the match between Group A rivals Rewa FC and Hekari United FC.

City and Rewa have their destiny in their own hands and will go into Saturday’s match day in pole position, both on four points from their opening two matches.

Hekari are a point behind in third spot while Solomon Warriors are already out of the competition following their two defeats to date.

The Solomon Islanders have arrived in French Polynesia with high hopes following a keenly contested OFC National Playoff against Central Coast FC in February. 

They narrowly won the first leg 1-0 away from home before a tense 1-all draw in the return leg.

After securing qualification the Warriors were looking to build on their performance from last year’s OFC Champions League in Vanuatu where they were also in the same group as the Navy Blues.

In their match at Luganville Soccer Stadium 12 months ago the Warriors took the lead before losing 3-1 to the defending champions with Gerard Garriga, Angus Killkoly and Ryan De Vries scoring for the New Zealanders. 

A defeat to Suva FC in their final group match sent the the Solomon Islands team home and unfortunately the Franco Ne’e-coached side will depart early from this year’s tournament in Tahiti once again.

The bulk of last year’s squad are back, and the side has been boosted by new signings, including Japanese import Kohei Matsumoto.

The Warriors are also bolstered by the signing of Gagame Feni and Molis Gagame who were with Kossa FC last year but have chosen to sign with their boyhood club.

Gagami Feni has underlined his importance in the previous round by scoring both of his side’s goals in their 3-2 defeat to Rewa FC. 

The Navy Blues and the Warriors have met on three other occasions with the Kiwis coming out on top each time.

City won the first ever encounter between the two sides 4-0 in 2016 before a 2-0 victory in the quarterfinals of the 2018 OFC Champions League.

Auckland City’s biggest victory over the Solomon Warriors was a 6-0 thrashing in 2019.

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MATCH DETAILS
OFC CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP A MD3
Saturday 18 May 2024
Auckland City FC vs Solomon Warriors
Stade Paea, Papeete, Tahiti 
Kick-off: 1.00pm  NZST

AC OCL SQUAD: 1-Conor TRACEY (GK), 3- Adam MITCHELL, 4-Christian GRAY, 7-Cam HOWIESON (c), 8-Gerard GARRIGA. 9-Angus KILKOLLY, 10-Dylan MANICKUM, 11-Ryan DE VRIES, 12- Regont MURATI, 13-Nathan LOBO, 16-Joe  LEE, 19-Liam GILLION, 21- Adam BELL, 22-Tong ZHO, 23- Alfie ROGERS, 24-Joe WALLIS (GK), 25- Michael DEN HEIJER, 27-Stipe UKICH.

COACH: Albert RIERA
ASSISTANT COACH: Ivan VICELICH
GK COACH: Enaut ZUBIKARAI
TECHNICAL: Adria CASALS
LOGISTICS: Robin HAYTER
PHYSIO: Matt PAYNE

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