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Feminine made a comeback to clinch the OFC Women’s Champions League Title


The AS Academy Feminine of New Caledonia have come from behind to defeat Koloale FC of Solomon Islands with a solid 4-1 victory to claim the 2023 Inaugural Oceania Football Women’s Champions League Championship Trophy at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium in Port Moresby over the weekend (June 10th, 2023).

Koloale were the first team to score in the opening minutes of the contest. Captain courageous, Ilean Pegi showed individual brilliance and managed to swerve and go past couple of Feminine’s defenders to find the net in the 6th minute.

The next 33 minutes of the clash, there was no rhythm and energy in the game, though both sides have made couple of attempts to score.

Right on the stroke of half-time, Feminine responded with a goal through Christelle Wahnawe in the 39th minute and equalized the scores at 1-1.

Feminine maintained the momentum in the second stanza and Alice Wenessia scored a stunning header in the 55th minute from a cheap cross-field penalty kick by the mid-fielder to extend their lead.

Four minutes later, Feminine scored their third goal from the corner kick to increase their lead.

With over 80 percent of ball possession and field territory, the New Caledonian girls scored their final goal through a powerful strike by Alice Wenessia outside of the 20-meter yard and put the game beyond doubt.

Congratulations to AS Academy Feminine on their well-deserved championship glory and commiserations to Koloale FC for putting up a spirited fight.

Meanwhile, Feminine have been a dominant team throughout the nine-day tournament. They came with all guns blazing and took the tourney by storm. They deserved the title.

Interestingly, Feminine had an undefeated run in the tournament. They came on a mission and stamped their authority. They were on 5th gear right from the get-go until the final day of the tourney and brought the trophy back to their country.

The head coach of AS Academy Feminine, Koralie Bretegnier said she was proud of her team’s effort throughout the tournament.

“I am proud of my girls. They have performed really well throughout the tournament. This is a big win not just for the girls, but for our respective families back in New Caledonia,” coach Bretegnier said.

The Champions of OFC Women’s Champions League in AS Academy Feminine have left for their country New Caledonia on Sunday (June 11th, 2023).


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