Around the World Challenge #13- Oceania Champions League

Oceania Champions League is the Continental club competition for the region. As I’ve mentioned in the last post, the first phase of the competition is split into two stages: the preliminary stage and group stage.

Group Stages

In our group, we were up against Team Wellington from New Zealand, Solomon Warriors from Solomon Islands and Hekari United from our next stop, Samoa. Only one can move on to the Semi Finals.

I expected nothing from our first match against the New Zealanders. I thought they were favourites to qualify but somehow, we manage to win 1-0 thanks to this solitary goal from our lone striker, Raynel Krishna.

Next up were Solomon Warriors. We were comfortably winning 4-nil before two goals from them threw the game into an unknown. Luckily, there was no comeback from them and I then received news that we were through to the Semi-Finals!

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We still had one more game against the Samoans. It was a tight game in truth but an early bath for our right-back, Arvind Ram, meant that they could take advantage and edge us out in the second half.

Semi-Finals

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We were drawn against Erakor GS from Vanuatu, with the first leg held at home. The team was literally unknown, as they were made up entirely of virtual players. On paper, it looked to be an easy route to the final.

And it was, at least in the first leg. A hat-trick from Krishna put us in prime position for the next leg.

The second leg was a much tighter contest but we still managed to win 2-1.

And we were through to the Final!

Final

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Surprisingly, our opponents were fellow Fijian Club, Suva FC but they are no pushovers; they did not win last season’s league title for no reason! The last paragraph in the above screenshot did not help my outlook for this tie. Somehow, this Final was to be played over two legs.

I “instant-resulted” the first leg but this was considered a grave mistake.

In the 57th minute, my coach decided to substitute midfielder Alvin Chand at 2-2 even though he was the best player at that point. We conceded two more goals after that and were now facing a “lost cause”.

I then made the decision to play through the 2nd leg, believing that we could at least take the tie to extra time. In the end, it was too little too late.

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We had most of the possession but the tie was lost when they scored in the first half. We were never in it though. Still, I was proud of the team’s performance in the competition.

In the next post, I will summarise our league performance and also, our adventures in the other competitions (Fijian Battle of the Giants, FA Cup and Interdistrict Championship).


The database I used for this save is the  FM17 Megapack 170 Updates by claassen . It does have more nations to choose from than the version that I have for this save.

Also, check out the TheManagersCorner on Reddit! It’s where aspiring FM content creators, like me,  “dump” their stuff; from blog posts to YouTube videos.

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