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Suva Seal Spot In O-League

Suva Seal Spot In  O-League
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September 13
13:30 2014

What happened?

It was a chance for All Freight Logistics Suva to make up for their lost opportunity in the 2014 Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants semifinal last month when they were taken out of contention for the title by Rewa, and they didn’t disappoint.

Suva were fully aware of the importance of winning the Round 13 fixture last night against the Delta Tigers at Ratu Cakobau Park and they didn’t waste any time getting down to securing a spot in the 2015 O-League.

The visitors drew first blood in the opening minutes of the match with Leone Damudamu scoring the first goal in the 16th minute.

The defence managed to keep the Delta Tigers at bay for most of the first half,

Ravinesh Karan Singh came close to adding to Damudamu’s goal in the closing minutes of the half but was stopped just in time by Rewa goalkeeper Manasa Benito.

Halftime: All Freight Logistics Suva 1-0 Rewa

The second half saw a reinvigorated Rewa ready to crack the defence and their efforts paid off when Misaele Draunibaka delivered a goal within the 50th minute.

The match progressed into a series of near hits and misses before Suva’s pint-sized dynamo Sahil Dave caught Benito off guard and delivered the tie-breaker.

Singh delivered the victory blow in the closing minutes of the game when he delivered a kick right past Benito.

The Gurjit Singh-coached side has cemented their lead on the points table and first place in the 2014 Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League Super Premier.

In addition, the capital district has also secured their slot in the 2015 O-League.

They are scheduled to take on 4R Electric Ba in the final round on September 20 while Rewa is scheduled to take on Nadroga on September 21.

Star turn:

Tamanisau was outstanding for the capital side with his exceptional blocking but Rewa substitute goalie Benito must be commended for performing to his best ability stepping into skipper Simione Tamanisau’s shoes.

Big play:

Suva reminded everyone why they are the number one team in the 2014 Super Premier season, setting up plays for Damudamu, Dave and Singh to score.

Comments:

Suva head coach Gurjit Singh, “It was a good achievement by the team to not only secure our spot in the 2015 O-League but also win the National League through winning this game. It’s a great position for us and Rewa also played a really good game so we thank them.

“We’ve got an exciting couple of months up ahead and we’ll be looking to finish off the national league on a great note and focus on the IDC as well as the Melanesia League in October where we’ll get a chance to see the teams we’ll face in next year’s O-League.”

Rewa head coach Marika Rodu, “It was a good game and the boys actually did their best. They played well and maintained composure throughout the game. Unfortunately the result wasn’t a reflection of what really happened on the field.

“We must commend our substitute goalie who did his best to perform under pressure in Tamanisau’s absence. We cannot take away anything negative from his performance because he did his best so I want to thank him for his efforts despite the pressure he was under.

“We don’t know how the table will pan out as far as our goal to finish in the top two is concerned but we’ll still work on delivering our best in our final league game.”

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