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Giants in Red

What happened? Rewa has been crowned the 2014 Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants champions after narrowly defeating formidable foe Lautoka in the tournament final yesterday. The Delta Tigers took
01 Sep 2014 08:09
Giants in Red
Semi Kunatani.

What happened?

Rewa has been crowned the 2014 Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants champions after narrowly defeating formidable foe Lautoka in the tournament final yesterday.

The Delta Tigers took the lead from the start after Simione Maikali drew first blood early in the first half. A combined effort of strong attacks and even stronger defence as well as few simple mistakes kept the score 1-0 going into half time.

The sugar city side re-emerged as a contender for the title after Leisari Qalica resurrected the Blues’ hopes with a goal in the 50th minute.

What ensued was a series of near hits and misses for both sides, starting with Maika Waqa narrowly missing a golden opportunity for the Blues followed by Lautoka skipper Alvin Avinesh’s own attempt sailing too wide off the goalmouth in the 60th minute.

Lautoka’s semifinal golden boy Josefata Dugucagi missed two chances. Rewa’s Epeli Saukuru made his own attempt to add to his semifinal goals but kicked just too wide of the goal mouth in the 67th minute.

However, it was national Under-20 rep Setareki Hughes who scored the winning goal for the Tigers, delivering a powerful kick in the 83rd minute that caught star goalie Senirusi Bokini completely off guard.

Star turn:

Hughes’ powerful delivery in the closing minutes of the game sealed the deal for the Delta Tigers.

Honourable mention also goes to Maikali for drawing first blood and captain Simione Tamanisau for leading his team to victory.

Big play:

Both teams displayed commendable football and performed well with strong attack and defence shown by both sides.

Comments:

Rewa FA president Nazeel Buksh: “It has definitely been a very good tournament for the Tigers and I want to thank all the players for their commitment. Despite being a young team they’ve proved themselves to be mature beyond their years and we’re proud of them.

“Big thanks to the management and officials for their sacrifice in getting the team prepared and putting in the hard work to bring the team to the finals. Thanks also to the families for their continuous support for the team and the whole association throughout the season.

“With two games left for the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League, we’ll be working to make sure we do our best in those games as well as the upcoming IDC tournament.”

Lautoka head coach Lambert Sarju: “We played very good football in the second-half. It was a good game and I take my hat off to these boys for a job well done.

They did their absolute best and in the end, winning wasn’t in the book for us.

“As far as performance goes, the boys have done a good job and we can do better in the future. We have to prepare now for the National League and the IDC as well as review injuries in the camp.

“We thought we’d take it this year but it was not meant to be and we hope to change that next year. We thank the fans for their support and we congratulate Rewa on their win.”

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