Samuela Nabenia hat trick gives Ba FC Oceania Champions League win

Ba FC won their final game of the Oceania Champions League 4-1 over Cook Islands champions Tupapa Maraerenga.

The Fijian side had endured a disappointing tournament having lost their first two games without scoring but ended on a high note as they brushed aside qualifiers Tupapa Maraerenga.

Ba opened the scoring after just 24 minutes when Samuela Nabenia scored the first goal of the game. The 23-year-old striker then netted a second on 32 minutes as Ba continued to dominate.

Tupapa, who won the qualifying tournament, lost all three of their games in the group stage but did not disgrace themselves. Lively front pairing Sean Latimer and Maro Bonsu-Maro gave Ba some nervous moments despite their team coming off second best.

However, shortly after half time Nabenia struck again to secure an impressive hat trick as Ba scored a third. He latched on to a good through ball to sweep the ball into the far corner of the net.

Sean Latimer, the top scorer in qualifying, pulled a goal back for Tupapa Maraerenga on 77 minutes. The English striker scored twice in his side’s group games in the tournament.

Ba scored a fourth late on as Tupapa tired through Narend Rao. The 4-1 win is enough to give them three points but results after two games meant they were never able to qualify for the quarter finals.

The Oceania Champions League will now say goodbye to the two teams but they ended on a high with a well contested game of football.

Ba FC 4-1 Tupapa Maraerenga – Group A
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Ba scorers: Samuela Nabenia (3), Narend Rado
Tupapa scorer: Sean Latimer

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