New Caledonia: AS Lössi wins Coupe de Caledonie
AS Lössi have seen off a challenge from Hienghéne Sport to take home the Coupe de Calédonie 2-1 and claim a place in the 7th Round of the Coupe de France.
It was a beautiful evening for football at Stade Numa Daly in Noumea last Saturday as a 6000-strong crowd filled the stands to watch the Orange claim the cup title for the third time in the club’s history, reports Oceania Football Confederation.
Both sides were intent on success making for a close match full of action and plenty of pressure.
Lössi took the lead almost 30 minutes in when a free kick from Richard Selé was headed in off Hienghéne defender Roy Kayara.
The northerners talismanic captain Bertrand Kai then pulled his side back in line with a magic effort off the left foot in the 42nd minute.
Stéphane Drahusak’s side were quick to react after the break when Mone Wamowé made an impressive run up the wing before delivering for Séle to finsh which had Rocky Nyikeine beaten for the second time.
Hienghéne dealt with the loss of Kayara to injury well, upping the pressure on their opponent as they sought a second equaliser, however Lössi managed well, holding on to lift the cup.
The victory for the team named after a district on Lifou coming 10 years after their first title, and five years after their second was a welcome reward for fans who were more than happy to join in the festivities.
Lössi will now await the results of Wednesday’s draw for the 7th Round of the Coupe de France where they will learn their opponent for the match which will be held either the 12 or 13 November in France.