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Champs Fall

Courts Inter-District Championship defending champions Ba lost 1-0 to Nadroga in their first game yesterday at the ANZ Stadium, Suva. Ba coach Ravinesh Kumar would not rule out their chances
10 Oct 2014 10:21
Champs Fall
Silverwaters Tiliva 7s and Netball Festival officials and 7s team managers in Suva on April 17, 2019. Photo: Etuate Tuqota.

Courts Inter-District Championship defending champions Ba lost 1-0 to Nadroga in their first game yesterday at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

Ba coach Ravinesh Kumar would not rule out their chances just yet after they drew 1-1 with Lautoka last week.

“This is not the end, we still have one more game to play and the players played well but were unlucky.” Kumar said.

“I won’t blame anyone, the goalkeeper or the referee or even the players, it just simply wasn’t our day and this sort of things happen in soccer. It is to be expected.”

Ba plays their last game today against the B.O.G winners Rewa at 5pm.

What happened?

Nadroga’s Krishneel Dutt capitalised on their first corner kick in the 5th minute but was saved by Ba’s goalkeeper Misiwani Nairube. Ba went on the attack which led to a corner by Avinesh Suwamy and headed in by Ronald Lawrence only to be saved by Alifereti Baleloa. Both teams struggled to maintain possessions and made mistakes which cost them. In the 22nd minute Dutt had an opportunity to draw first blood for Ba but failed to make use of the opportunity. Ba looked favourites as they had more opportunities to score but were just simply unlucky. In the 27th minute, Evander Nasova had the perfect chance to put Nadroga in the lead as he beat the Ba goalkeeper inside the box but failed to accurately find the back of the net. Halftime:  Ba 0-0 Nadroga

In the 52nd minute, Ba was reduced to 10 men as Ronald Lawrence was shown the red card from dangerous play on Nadroga’s Gerard Voi. In the 62nd minute, Nadroga made use of the opportunity with Krishneel Dutt scoring from a free kick.

This was a wakeup call for the Men in Black as they struggled to find the equaliser but fell short.

Star turn: Nadroga’s Krishneel Dutt was the star of the show as he caused the first upset of the annual event.

Big play: Both goalkeepers were on par and prevented either side from scoring a goal in the first half and most of second half.

Comments: Nadroga coach Joseph Nand, “We wanted to keep it tight and treated this game as if it was our final as we have been preparing so well. I’m really proud of the boys for putting on a spectacular performance.”

Ba coach Ravinesh Kumar, “This game showed that we need to improve our accuracy and timing because we had so many opportunities but just weren’t lucky enough to make use of them. The boys did everything according to plan and like I said we were just unlucky.”

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