Group B

Hekari United begin Oceania Champions League campaign with win against hosts in Port Vila

Meanwhile, AS Pirae made an emphatic start to their Group B campaign, powering to a 3-0 win over New Caledonia's Tiga Sport in the capital, scoring all three goals in a first half blitz.

RNZ Pacific reports Hekari, who were champions in 2010, scored two second half goals to repel the challenge of the Vanuatu team in front of a vibrant home crowd of nearly 6000.

A spirited appeal for handball in the Hekari penalty area in the 36th minute threatened to be the defining moment of the first half, but the home town pleas for a penalty were dismissed by the referee.

Batick hat-trick puts Malampa top of Group B

The pressure was on Malampa as they needed a win to advance in the second match of the day after the Henderson Eels had come from behind to edge Lautoka 3-2 in the earlier fixture during a thrilling final day of group play.

Henderson Eels 3-2 Lautoka FC 

The Henderson Eels were about nine minutes away from elimination before late goals to Raphael Le’ai and Joses Nawo helped them beat Fiji’s Lautoka 3-2.

Group B set to go

Due to delays in team travel the kick-off times for both matches has been rescheduled, with Cook Islands vs. Fiji now scheduled to start at 5pm rather than 2.30pm, and Papua New Guinea vs. Vanuatu being moved from 5pm to 7.30pm.

Cook Islands have some history in the competition, having competed at the last edition held in Auckland in 2012, and can expect some vocal home support.