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Nadi Survive Dreketi Attacks To Win At Churchill Park

Nadi Survive Dreketi Attacks To Win At Churchill Park
Nadi football team during the Vodafone Premier League clash on August 11, 2018. Nadi fought back to hold Labasa 1-1 before beating Dreketi 3-1. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
August 13
07:36 2018

Indiscipline and lapse of concentration proved too costly for Dreketi as they were beaten 3-1 by Nadi in the Vodafone Premier League clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka yesterday.

The visitors had to play with 10-men after reliable defender Akeimi Ralulu was red carded in the 24th minute after they had taken a 1-0 lead.

What happened: Dreketi started strongly and took the lead in the 22nd minute through a Rusiate Doidoi freekick.

But their joy was short-lived when Ralulu got his marching orders while Nadi striker Rusiate Matererega got a yellow card.  The scoreboard did not tell the full story of the game as Dreketi dominated play while the Nadi defenders worked overtime in trying to contain them.

But a lapse in concentration allowed Nadi to hit back with two goals to Matererega while Rupeni Rabici scored the third goal in the 70th minute.

Comments: Dreketi manager Daniel Dass said: “Even though we took an early lead, it was poor discipline and lapse of concentration that cost us the game.

“These are something we really have to work on before we take on Ba and Tavua next week. Ill-discipline was a contributing factor to our downfall as we had to play most of the game with only ten men.”

Nadi coach Babs Khan said: “The game was a wake-up call for them. We took Dreketi lightly and almost paid for it. We were unsettled all throughout the first half.

“We really need to fix our game because we were unsettled for long periods and we cannot afford to play like that when we come up against big teams like Lautoka, Ba and Suva.”

– Edited: Leone Cabenatabua




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