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Double Strike Win For Labasa

Double Strike Win For Labasa
Tailevu/Naitasiri’s goalkeeper Josaia Ratu saves a goal attempt by the onslaught from Labasa during the first round of the 2015 Vodafone Fiji FACT tournament at Ratu Cakobau Park yesterday. Labasa won 2-0. Photo: Rama
May 04
08:01 2015

Labasa: 2 (Edwin Sahayan ‘80, ‘83): 0 Tailevu/Naitasiri

What happened?

Edwin Sahayan scored a double to give Northpole Labasa a 2-0 win over Tailevu/Naitasiri yesterday.

A good crowd attended the opening round of the 2015 Vodafone Fijian FACT at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori. Tailevu/Naitasiri came out strong in the beginning putting pressure on Labasa with good attempts by Apisai Sesewa.

Labasa found it difficult to put a goal past Josaia Ratu. Equal chances by both teams but none could capitalised on the opportunity leaving the scores 0-0 at half-time.

Labasa came back dominating in the second-half creating more opportunities. Ken Doidoi had a chance to give Tailevu/Naitasiri a chance to lead from a free kick just outside the box but kicked it straight to Ratu. Labasa made some technical changes which made a difference to the side.

In the 80th minute, Labasa’s Edwin Sahayan drew first blood. Three minutes later Sahayan scored another goal to seal Labasa’s victory from a header inside the box, 2-0.

Star turn

Tailevu/Naitasiri goalkeeper Josaia Ratu made good saves to prevent Labasa from scoring more goals.

Big Play

Labasa showed class on the field capitalising on Tailevu/Naitasir’s poor defending.


Tailevu/Naitasiri coach Tagi Vonolagi: “We played well but lost and it was a tough game. But we will take the positives from the loss.”

Northpole Labasa coach Bal Sanju Reddy: “Our technical changes in the second-half made a huge difference. It was a good win but we really need to work on our finishing because we had so many chances at goal but we could not finish.”


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