Monday 14 May 2018, 02:16

Team Wellington sight continental crown

  • Team Wellington earn massive first leg win in OFC Champions League final

  • Disastrous day for Lautoka in a Fijian club’s first final for 11 years

  • Winner to represent Oceania in 2018 FIFA Club World Cup

Team Wellington are within touching distance of their maiden OFC Champions League title, and a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup, following a one-sided opening leg of the final on Sunday.

Despite the gloomy conditions in the New Zealand capital, it was perfect afternoon for the home side after a second half onslaught secured a 6-0 victory over Lautoka.

The Fijians were still in the contest approaching the hour-mark with Ross Allen’s 16th-minute goal all that separated the teams.

However, Team Wellington rattled in four goals without reply during a remarkable 14-minute period, which also included a red card for the visitors’ Praneel Naidu.

Jack-Henry Sinclair scored the first of a double with Andrew Bevin and Mario Barcia also netting, before Taylor Schrijvers added extra insurance six minutes from fulltime.

Team Wellington, who have been runners-up for the past three years, ended Auckland City’s seven-year continental reign in the semi-final last month.

The return leg in Lautoka will be played next Sunday with a ticket to UAE 2018 awaiting the victor.