Silsden pair on target to take on the world

Joe Gaughan and Martin Packer have got Barcelona and Manchester United in their sights

Joe Gaughan and Martin Packer have got Barcelona and Manchester United in their sights

While England are heading for Brazil and hopes of World Cup glory, a pair of former Silsden players are also en-route to global domination.
Joe Gaughan and Martin Packer made their debuts last night for Samoan team Kiwi in the preliminary round of the Oceania Football Confederation Cup, the equivalent of the European Champions League.
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Gaughan says his piece on OFC TV, watch it here.

And they got off to a winning start with Gaughan grabbing a hat-trick in a 5-1 victory over American Samoan side Pago.
He opened the scoring with a 16th-minute penalty and made it 3-0 after 30 minutes. It was 4-0 at half-time and Gaughan completed his treble after Pago had pulled one back.

Gaughan celebrates his third goal last night. Picture: Courtesy www.oceaniafootball.com

Gaughan celebrates his third goal last night. Picture: Courtesy www.oceaniafootball.com

The Cobbydalers duo next take on Cook Islanders Tupapa Maraerenga and Lotoha-apai United, of Tonga in the preliminary round group stage to try to earn a place in the final stages against top teams from New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti and four other Pacific islands.
Gaughan has enjoyed a successful time in his first season Down Under, winning the Golden Boot after scoring 27 goals for Stop Out FC and has been offered a contract with Team Wellington, who are the feeder team for Wellington Phoenix, who play in the Australian A League.

Gaughan scored 27 times for Stop Out FC in his debut season in New Zealand

Gaughan scored 27 times for Stop Out FC in his debut season in New Zealand

The winner of the OFC Champions League will represent the federation at the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco against the world’s top club teams.
Past winners have included Barcelona, Manchester United, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Brazilian clubs Corinthians, Internacional and Sao Paulo.
Chelsea were runners-up in 2012 and Liverpool have also reached the final.
Read the full Kiwi v Pago match report here.

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