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Nadi edges Labasa

By LOSIRENE CHAND Nadi 1 Labasa 0 Luck was on the side of the Shop N Save Nadi team as they beat Dalip Chand Labasa 1-0 in the Fiji Sun/
16 Feb 2014 10:13
The Shop N Save Nadi soccer team beat Dalip Chand Labasa 1-0 yesterday in the Fiji Sun/ Skipper Tuna National Football League at Subrail Park, Labasa. Photo: LOSIRENE CHAND

The Shop N Save Nadi soccer team beat Dalip Chand Labasa 1-0 yesterday in the Fiji Sun/ Skipper Tuna National Football League at Subrail Park, Labasa. Photo: LOSIRENE CHAND

By LOSIRENE CHAND

Nadi 1 Labasa 0
Luck was on the side of the Shop N Save Nadi team as they beat Dalip Chand Labasa 1-0 in the Fiji Sun/ Skipper Tuna National Football League match at Subrail Park, Labasa, yesterday.

What happened
It was the fifth round of the league and the Babsiga Lions were looking for a win on their home ground.
As fans gathered hoping to see their home team win, frustrations grew as the Nadi defence was hard to crack throughout the game.
Nadi goalkeeper Benaminio Matainaqara was instrumental indeed to keep Labasa from scoring while Labasa’s Vereti Dickson triesd his best to ensure the westerners didn’t score.
In the first half,  caution was given to Vuniuci Tikomaimereka and Ilimotama Jese.
Labasa showed they are a better attacking side but all efforts to find the back score failed.
The game was more exciting in the first half and tension grew as Nadi tried to crack Lions defence.
Joseph Mishra of Labasa and Pita Bolaitoga tried their best to lead the attack upfront.
However, laxity by Dickson resulted in the loss.
Rusiate Matarerega capitalised on the blunder in the  56th minute of play.

Big Play: One of the teams had to make the goal and it was just luck for the Nadi side as Dickson lost concentration and gave the perfect opportunity for Matarerega to score.

Star Turn: Ashnil Raju, Fiji Under-20 rep  impresses and a player to watch.

Coaches comments:
Nadi’s Kamal Swamy coach was happy but said they could have scored more if Subrail Park was in better condition. Swammy said even though most of his players were not available, he was happy with the young boys who took to the field.
Labasa coach Bal Sanju Reddy said the team was unlucky.
Reddy said they needed to touch-up on their fitness and finishing against Rewa in their next match.




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