Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The crucial Group A match between defending champions Auckland City and Waitakere United, originally scheduled for Saturday 27 March, will now be played at 3:00pm on Sunday 28 March at Kiwitea Street to accommodate filming of the match on Triangle and Stratos Television.
Both teams are locked on 11 points but Waitakere have the upper hand with a superior goal difference and need only a draw to progress to the home and away final.
In the other Group A match, AS Magenta will host AS Manu Ura on Saturday 27 March as per the original schedule.
In Group B, the Tafea FC vs. Lautoka clash at Municipal Stadium in Port Vila will now be played at 3:00pm on Saturday 27 March instead of Sunday 28 March. OFC confirmed the rescheduling out of respect for the religious values of players, fans and organisers, many of whom have church commitments on Sunday.
Under competition regulations and in the interests of sporting integrity, the O-League fixture in Honiara (Marist FC vs. Hekari United) has also been amended to kick off simultaneously with the match in Vanuatu since the result of each match could determine the overall winner.
Group B is evenly poised with Hekari United, Tafea and Lautoka all in with a chance of advancing. Hekari will guarantee themselves a place in the final if they beat bottom placed Marist on Saturday while Tafea and Lautoka both need to win and hope the Papua New Guineans lose in order to progress.
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