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Ba Too Strong

Rewa 1: (Savenaca Nakalevu 85th minute); Ba 4: (Avinesh Suwamy 45th, Narend Rao Junior 47th, Jone Vesikula (PK) 75th, Saula Waqa 80th. What happened: 4R Electrical Ba started their Galaxy
02 Feb 2015 10:04
Ba Too Strong
Rewa goalkeeper Benito Waqavou fails to stop a goal by Ba’s Narendra Rao Junior during the Galaxy Premier League at Ratu Cakobau Park, in Nausori yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Rewa 1: (Savenaca Nakalevu 85th minute);

Ba 4: (Avinesh Suwamy 45th, Narend Rao Junior 47th, Jone Vesikula (PK) 75th, Saula Waqa 80th.

What happened:

4R Electrical Ba started their Galaxy Premier League with a bang after thumping Rewa 4-1 in their first match at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori.

Rewa started well and Setareki Hughes had the first chance to score but was deflected by Ba’s Josevata Neibuli. Both teams took a while to settle down in the first half.

Halftime: Rewa 0-0 Ba

Ba’s Avinesh Swamy opened the second spell with a goal in the 45th minute. Narend Rao Junior soon followed suit as he smacked the ball in the top right hand corner extending Ba’s lead, 2-0.

Ba’s discipline was a problem as four players received cards. In the 75th minute Rewa’s Shakir Ali tripped Saula Waqa inside the box resulting in a penalty and earning him a red card. Jone Vesikula scored beating goalkeeper Benito Waqavou, 3-0. Ba continued to punish Rewa for their carelessness as Saula Waqa slotted their fourth goal. In the dying minutes, Savenaca Nakalevu scored a consolation goal from a penalty kick ending the game at 4-1.

Star turn:

Ba goalkeeper Epeli Codro was the star of the game making some daring saves.

Big play:

Both teams played well Ba proved they are the team to beat.

Comments:

Ba coach Shalen Lal: “It’s a great feeling coming from winning the Champion vs Champion and having a good start in our first game of the Galaxy Premier League.

“After a good chat at halftime, they pulled up their socks.

“I think the boys are more focused now compared to last year. And we are just happy to get off to a good start.”

Rewa coach Marika Rodu: “In terms of performance we did better than last week so for that I am proud of the boys.

“It is a good thing that we have lost early in the league which means we know what we doing wrong and we can work on that and come back even stronger as we keep playing.”

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