16 Apr 2014

Sport: AS Pirae, Auckland City secure finals O-League spots

10:51 am on 16 April 2014

Tahiti's AS Pirae secured their place in the Oceania Champions League football semi finals with a convincing 3-1 victory over two time winners Waitakere United on Tuesday.

The New Zealand club's demise was good news for cross-town rivals Auckland City, who also advance as the best placed runners up.

Pirae opened the scoring after just 45 seconds via Raimana Li Fung Kuee and Naea Bennett doubled the advantage in the 17th minute

Even a straight red card immediately for Huimana Parker after half-time couldn't deter Pirae.

Joel Stevens managed to cut the deficit to one ten minutes later but Jimmy Tepa's stoppage time strike sealed their playoffs berth against the defending champions Auckland City.

Meanwhile in the earlier match Solomon Warriors thrashed hapless Kiwi FC from Samoa 8-0.

The other home and away semi final, which begins next weekend, is between Vanuatu's Amicale and Fijian champions Ba.