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Tailevu-Naitasiri Win

What happened: After losing two of their previous games, Tailevu-Naitasiri finally managed a win after beating Northland 2-1 in the Rewa Galaxy Youth League at Fiji Football Association Academy yesterday.
20 Jul 2015 09:47
Tailevu-Naitasiri Win
Action between Tailevu-Naitasiri and Northland during the Rewa Galaxy Youth League match at the Fiji FA ground in Vatuwaqa, Suva yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

What happened:

After losing two of their previous games, Tailevu-Naitasiri finally managed a win after beating Northland 2-1 in the Rewa Galaxy Youth League at Fiji Football Association Academy yesterday.

Tailevu-Naitasiri got off to a good start when Manoa Turagakula scored the first goal from the halfway line catching Northland goalkeeper Kunal Ram off guard in the 7th nth minute, 1-0. Good defending by Tailevu-Naitasiri kept Northland at bay preventing them from scoring. In the 26th minute, Tailevu-Naitasiri was awarded a penalty for dangerous play.Mohammed Riwan successfully kicked the penalty extending their lead, 2-0. Six minutes later, Northland finally got a goal back from a penalty by Shaheel Praneel, 2-1. Both teams fought to keep up the pace but both failed in producing any positive results before halftime.

Half time: Northland 1-2 Tailevu-Naitasiri

Northland managed to settle down in the second spell and apply pressure on the Tailevu-Naitasiri defence. A lot of chances at goal by both sides but neither had the ability to finish properly. In the last 35 minutes of the game, Northland began to dominate. Epeli Waqa, Ashneel Chand and Shaheel Praneel had chances to equalize but luck was just not on their side ending the game 2-1 in Tailevu-Naitasiri’s favour.

Star turn: Tailevu-Naitasiri goalkeeper Josevata Masi was the star of the game as he denied Northland’s numerous chances at goal.

Big play: Northland started off slow but came out firing in the second half to put Tailevu-Naitasiri under pressure.

Comments:

Northland manager Ronald Prasad: “The boys did not stick to the game plan. It was a good game overall, we came back fighting in the second half but luck was just not on our side. There was lack of concentration because we basically had less time to train as a team, considering these boys have school commitments. But nonetheless, we will be prepared for our next game against Rewa.”

Tailevu-Naitasiri coach Tagi Vonolagi: “After two losses I told my boys that we had to win and we did. They played really well especially when the team is made up of boys from everywhere, even Suva. But I think that teams need to have more game time, if you talk about development of the sport, the development should start with the youths.”

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