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Dugucagi Leads ‘Blues’ Fightback

Shop N Save Lautoka is in contention for second place and a qualification for the OFC Champions League. What happened? This is after the Blues defeated Tailevu-Naitasiri 5-1 in the
15 Jun 2015 10:37
Dugucagi Leads ‘Blues’ Fightback
Josaia Ratu (right), of Tailevu-Naitasiri tries to dribble past two Lautoka defenders during their Rewa Galaxy Premier League match at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, yesterday. Photo: Justine Mannan

Shop N Save Lautoka is in contention for second place and a qualification for the OFC Champions League.

What happened?

This is after the Blues defeated Tailevu-Naitasiri 5-1 in the Rewa Galaxy Premier League at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday.

Tailevu-Naitasiri started aggressively in the first-half applying pressure on the Lautoka defence.

But in the end, both teams failed to score.

Half-time: Tailevu-Naitasiri 0-0 Lautoka

Tailevu-Naitasiri got their second wind with a brilliant goal from Kaitaiya Barua to give them the lead. The goal gave the players more confidence as they put Lautoka under pressure. Both teams struggled to maintain control of the ball and lacked proper finishing. In the dying stages of the game, Lautoka finally managed to settle in as Josefata Dugucagi scored a hat-trick in a span of four minutes to give them a comfortable lead, 3-1.

A minute later Kelvin Naidu followed suit scoring Lautoka’s fourth goal, with Dev Raj sealing the deal at fulltime.

Star turn:

Josefata Dugucagi was the star of the match putting three goals past goalkeeper Lemeki Nakavou.

Big play:

Tailevu-Naitasiri played well in the first and early stages of the second-half, but buckled towards the end.

Comments

Shop N Save Lautoka coach

Lambert Sarju; “The players played very well and we knew we had to win in order to be in contention for a second place finish and a chance to qualify for the OFC Champions League.

“We did not do so well in the first half. We played on a heavy pitch but the boys gave 100 per cent and we look forward to our next game.”

Tailevu-Naitasiri coach Tagi

Vonolagi, “We defended a lot and when you are forced to defend, you start to lose energy and make a lot of mistakes.

“We had a good first-half and we managed to keep Lautoka, but we could not maintain the consistency towards the end. We have two more games – against Nadroga and Suva and we will escape relegation.”

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 


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