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Coach Happy With Soccer Win

What happened; Police ended the Republic of Fiji Military Forces two-year reign after beating them 2-1 in the 2015 ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl soccer competition at Buckhurst Ground  yesterday. It
19 Sep 2015 12:56
Coach Happy With Soccer Win
The Police football team with officials before the Ratu Sukuna Bowl soccer final against RFMF at Buckhurst Ground yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

What happened; Police ended the Republic of Fiji Military Forces two-year reign after beating them 2-1 in the 2015 ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl soccer competition at Buckhurst Ground  yesterday.

It was a slow start for both sides in the first-half as Police had the edge retaining more possession. Few attempts at goal by Police, but the lack of accuracy prevented them from taking the lead.

In the 20th minute, Rewa football veteran Simione Tamanisau drew first blood scoring the first goal of the game for Police. Basic mistakes committed by FRMF prevented them from retaining possession long to produce any positive plays, ending first half in Police favour.

Police led 1-0 at half-time.

RFMF came back more composed in the second-half as they contested for the ball and pressured the Police defence.

In the 65th minute, RFMF’s Akapusi Tulovo scored the equaliser inside the box catching the Police goalie off guard, 1-1.

The equaliser gave RFMF the boost they needed as they pressed on while Police was made to work harder to keep Army from scoring.

Good defending skills Police as they needed the right moment to catch the FRMF defence off guard. In the 79th minute Varesa Draunimasi was the hero for the Police side as he scored the winning goal ending Army’s two year reign.

Star turn; Simione Tamanisau and Varesa Draunimasi’s classic goals were the high lights of the game.

Big play; Army’s persistence kept on giving Police a hard time.

Comments; Police coach Inosi Cava said; “This is a good win for us and I am so happy that won and happy with how the boys performed; they really delivered.

“Taking the trophy back from Army after two years will be a memorable moment for us.”

RFMF soccer president Kesho Maharaj said; “It was a blunder by the officials, but we are not bad losers, we will let Police take the trophy and polish it for us next year.”

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