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West Giants Draw

What happened: Soccer fans witnessed an epic battle of two Western giants during the 2014 Courts Inter-District Championship pool match at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday. 4R Electrical Ba with
06 Oct 2014 10:44
West Giants Draw
Market vendor Seema Sami sells her produce at the temporar sheds in Nakasi

What happened: Soccer fans witnessed an epic battle of two Western giants during the 2014 Courts Inter-District Championship pool match at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday.

4R Electrical Ba with 10-man held the Lambert Sarju coached Lautoka side 1-1.

The match kicked off with a firing start as anticipated by fans with opportunities created by Lautoka’s debut striker Rusiate Matarerega in the opening minutes.

But the ‘Men in Black’ captain Jone Vesikula led by example for his side after he outclassed Lautoka’s defence with a goal in the 3rd minute from a corner kick. Halftime: Ba 1-0 Lautoka

The second-half intensified with more physical contact from both the sides but referee Andrew Achari kept the players and the game under control.

However, Achari sent Ba’s Praneel Naidu off after he was flashed two yellow cards in the 58th minute for a foul on Lautoka’s Shiron Naidu.

Lautoka coach Sarju had to make a technical call and send in Peni Finau who scored the equaliser in the 95th minute.

Big play: Peni Finau came off the bench in the dying stages of the match and worked wonders for his side.

Comments: Ba’s stand-in coach, Ravinesh Kumar said: “Lautoka was a very good team and so was Ba and the match was very interesting.

“I’m very happy with the way boys played because we’re under pressure because we were down by one man.”

Lautoka coach Lambert Sarju said: “We were one goal down in the first-half and told the boys not to panic.

“We slightly changed the structure in the second-half and put an extra player upfront. I think Peni went in and did the job for what he was supposed to do.”

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