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Labasa Fightback

What happened: Labasa came back from being 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Fortech Construction Suva in the Rewa Galaxy Premier League at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Suva got
09 Feb 2015 07:06
Labasa Fightback
Suva’s goalkeeper Emori Ragata makes a save as Labasa’s Edwin Sahayam applies pressure during the Rewa Galaxy Premier League at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

What happened: Labasa came back from being 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Fortech Construction Suva in the Rewa Galaxy Premier League at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Suva got off to a good start in the first few minutes of the game as Nickel Chand scored first for Suva in the 3rd minute. Labasa played a defensive game as Suva continued to apply the pressure.

Halftime: Suva 1-0 Labasa

Labasa came back more determined in the second spell creating more chances but Suva goalkeeper Emori Ragata did some brilliant saves to deny Labasa an equaliser. Pita Bolaitoga picked up a yellow card in the 44th minute with a foul outside the box on a Suva defender. In the 70th minute Sakaraia Naisua extended Suva’s lead.

In the 73rd minute Labasa’s Posiano Kalisto gave his side a fighting chance after a deflection inside the box causing the ball to slip past Ragata 1-2. Labasa did not back down until the dying minutes as Edwin Sahayam scored the equaliser just on full time denying Suva three points.

Star turn: Edwin Sahayam catching Suva goalkeeper Ragata off guard to score the equaliser.

Big play: Labasa fightback should be commended.

Comments:

Labasa coach Bal Sanju Reddy: “I’m very happy, not because of the draw but because of the players not giving up until the final whistle. I told the players at halftime to just play football and believe in themselves.”

Suva coach Gurjit Singh: “We lost concentration in the last 10 minutes. We need an improved performance if we are to beat Rewa in our next game.”

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