Group A of the 2011 O-League has thrown up two surprise results on Saturday with 2-1 away wins for both Amicale and Lautoka against Hekari United and Koloale respectively.
In Honiara, Australian import Matthew Mayora put Lautoka ahead in the 16th minute to silence the 10,000 plus fans at Lawson Tama Stadium. Ten minutes later he grabbed a brace to leave the 2009 finalists reeling.
But Koloale clawed their way back with a goal to Ian Paia in the 35th minute, assisted by Jeffery Bule, while Benjamin Totori went close to equalising with a pair of chances just before the half.
The home side came out firing after the break with Paia almost sealing a double, but the visitors did well to sustain the early pressure. Totori proved a handful for the Lautoka defense in the second half but when he took a knock in the 85th minute, Koloale lost their momentum and looked to be out of answers.
The Fijians did well to hold the lead and will go home with a valuable three points to kick off their season.
In a similar match played out at PMRL stadium in Port Moresby, Amicale debuted in the O-League with an extraordinary 2-1 win over defending champions Hekari.
Vanuatu International Fenedy Masauvakalo opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with the visitors managing to hold onto the 1-0 lead at half-time.
Solomon signing Jack Wetney doubled Amicale's lead shortly after the break while compatriot Henry Fa'arodo got one back for Hekari in the 57th minute.
The home side, bound for the FIFA Club World Cup in less than two months, dominated much of the second half but the Amicale goalkeeper almost singlehandedly earned his side the victory with some outstanding saves in the dying stages of the match.
Meanwhile in Group B, Auckland City proved too good for AS Magenta at Kiwitea Street in Auckland with Adam McGeorge, David Mulligan and Daniel Koprivcic all getting on the score sheet to make it 3-0. In the other Group A match, Waitakere United and Tahiti's AS Tefana do battle at 2:00pm on Sunday at Fred Taylor Park.