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Lautoka’s Zibraaz Sahib being chased down by Malakai Tiwa of Ba in their INNK BOG match on July 22, 2018. Photo: Charles Chambers
July 23
14:18 2018

The INKK  Mobile Battle of the Giants tournament will have a new champion after Rewa exited following Suva’s 2-0 win over Nadi at Churchill Park yesterday.

The Ravinesh Singh-captained capital city side who topped Pool A will meet up with Ba in the first semifinal at 2pm this Saturday at the same venue.

Ba topped Pool B with their greater goal difference over Labasa.

Labasa will meet Nadi in the second semifinal at 4pm on Saturday.

The final will be played on Sunday at 3pm.

Lautoka Win Not Enough

Design Engineering Lautoka had themselves to blame for missed opportunities in their final pool match against neighbours Ba in which they won 2-0.

The side squandered countless opportunities which had haunted them all weekend.

Ba was happy to defend for most of the game as they knew Lautoka needed more than four goals to get them out.

Those goals eluded Lautoka with the sitters they missed throughout the match.

WHAT HAPPENED

Lautoka were denied a penalty in this spell with a clear handball inside the penalty area by Avinesh Swamy. But referee Kavitesh Behari issued a yellow card to Blues striker Osea Vakatalesau for protesting.The half ended in a scoreless draw.

HALFTIME

In the 51st minute Lautoka nudged ahead when a poor clearance from the Ba defence saw Vakatalesau send a cross which was not gathered by Ba goalkeeper Josaia Ratu.

Dave Radrigai was on hand to tap the ball in for Lautoka to lead 1-0.

Benjamin Totori scored Lautoka’s second but was not enough to keep his side in.

Lautoka tried as they might to score more goals but their finishing let them down and was let down for the midfield and backs who had worked tirelessly throughout.

COMMENTS

Ba team manager Arvind Singh said;

“We are happy with what has been achieved and will come back stronger this weekend.”

 

Edited by Osea Bola                        

Feedback:  charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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