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Tailevu/Naitasiri excels in the wet

By ERONI TUINACEVA Scores: Tailevu/Naitasiri 4 (Kaushik Chand, Sailasa Nariu, Rohnil Kamitesh 2) Lami: 0 What happened: Rain marred the start of the 2014 Fiji Sun/Skipper National Football League Premier
24 Feb 2014 11:00

By ERONI TUINACEVA

Scores: Tailevu/Naitasiri 4 (Kaushik Chand, Sailasa Nariu, Rohnil Kamitesh 2)
Lami: 0
What happened:
Rain marred the start of the 2014 Fiji Sun/Skipper National Football League Premier Division yesterday.
Tailevu/Naitasiri and Lami took to a water-logged Bidesi Park in Suva.
Tailevu/Naitasiri controlled play better in the wet to score four goals.
Kaushik Chand drew first blood in the 9th minute for Tailevu/Naitasiri followed by teammates Rohnil Kamitesh Ram scoring twice in the 25th and 42th minute and Sailasa Nariu, who sealed the victory with the fourth goal in the 49th minute.
Big Play:
Tailevu/Naitasiri adapted well to the condition allowing the Tani Vonolagi-coached side to emerge victorious in the end.
Star turn:
Rohnil Kamitesh Ram tallied two goals for his team and gave them the all-important lead they needed.
Comments:
Tani Vonolagi was pleased with his boys’ performance but believed there was still a lot of work to be done before their next match.
“The boys performed well. Obviously, the weather hindered performance and we could have scored more goals but had to settle for four in the end. Either way it’s a win and we’re very grateful for that,” he said.
“There is still a lot of work to be done and a lot of areas to improve on. Fitness is a concern so we’ll be working on that in the next few days.”
Lami coach Riyaz Ali expressed his disappointment at losing the match and attributed the loss largely to the poor conditions.
“It’s a big disappointment and I do believe the referee should have postponed the match considering the bad weather.
“But, in the end Tailevu/Naitasiri was the better team and that showed. A lot of our players have left the club so I had to use Under-21 development players. Also, we had only a week to put the team together and prepare for this so those were key factors too,” he added.

Fiji Sun – Skipper Tuna National Football League Premier Division 2014 – Update

Fulltime: Rakiraki Youth 2 Vatukoula Youth 0
Rakiraki Caution: Sireli Tora (76’)
Vatukoula Caution: Ratu Meli Niudamu (35’)
Rakiraki Goal: Sileri Tora (63’), (88’)

Fulltime: Rakiraki 7 Vatukoula 0
Vatukoula Caution: Waisea Usa (3’)
Rakiraki Goal: Illi Gaunavou Jnr (2’),19’), Avinesh Salesh Sami (36’), (80’), Ganeshwar Raju (49’), Thomas Votu (35’), Sakiasi Lautaki (75’)

Fulltime: Lami Youth 1 Tailevu/Naitasiri Youth 4
Tailevu/Naitasiri Caution: Ram Vili Rakesh (10’), Sakiusa Viliame (43’), Joyce Singh (47’), Shelvin Raj (73’), Avik Nand (88’)
Lami Goal: Ashutosh Prakash (49’)
Tailevu/Naitasiri Goal: Arneel Singh (23’), (33’), Sakiusa Viliame (42’), Shelvin Raj (73’)

Fulltime: Lami 0 Tailevu/Naitasiri 4
Lami Caution: Peni Naibete (31’), Sailasa Vosaicake (67’)
Tailevu/Naitasiri Goal: Rohnil K Ram (21’)(31’), Sailasa Nariu, Kaushk Chand.
Ali said they will work on the fitness of the players as they move on from the loss and anticipate improvements for the next round.
“The window for transfers opens tomorrow (today) so we’ll definitely seize the opportunity to bring in new players. We’ll be working on improving fitness as well,” he said.
Tailevu/Naitasiri will travel down to the Western division to face Rakiraki while Lami will host Tavua/Vatukoula next weekend.

Sailasa Narui (left), of Tailevu/Naitasiri scores against Lami during the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League Premier Division match at Buckhurst Park in Suva yesterday. Photo: RAMA




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