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Alvin Saves Blues

LAUTOKA 1 – 1 NADI Lautoka 1 (Alvin Avinesh 93’) Nadi 1 (Napolioni Qasevakatini 27’)   Shop N Save Lautoka captain Alvin Avinesh led by example and scored the equaliser
05 Oct 2015 11:32
Alvin Saves Blues
Shop N Save Lautoka players celebrate thier equalising goal against Nadi during the Courts IDC at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

LAUTOKA 1 – 1 NADI

Lautoka 1 (Alvin Avinesh 93’)

Nadi 1 (Napolioni Qasevakatini 27’)

 

Shop N Save Lautoka captain Alvin Avinesh led by example and scored the equaliser to save his side from defeat against Ram’s Cleaning Jack’s Nadi yesterday.

This result meant all teams in Courts IDC Poo A have one point each because defending champions Suva drew 2-2 with new comers Dreketi in Labasa last Saturday.

 

What happened: On paper it was the Blues who had the upper hand with new imports like Samuela Kautoga, Valerio Nawatu, Jone Vesikula, and Dave Radrigigai.

But it was Napolioni Qasevakatini  who scored in the 27th minute for the ‘Green Machine’ at Prince Charles Park.

Nadi’s tactical ploy to use robust defender Ilimotama Jese on the right flank and Tailevu- Naitasiri import Luke Rawadamu worked well. Halftime: Nadi 1 – 0 Lautoka.

Qasevakatini retired midway in the first spell and was replaced by goalkeeper -cum striker Benamino Mateinaqara.

In the second spell Nawatu, Jone Vonu Junior and Leone Vurukania were sent in as impact players.

In the 63rd minute Nadi felt the heat as they were down to 10 men after Lekima Gonerau was flashed the red card for his second bookable offence by referee Ravitesh Behari.  In the three minutes of injury time, Avinesh slotted the equaliser for the Blues.

 

Big plays: Alvin Avinesh was instrumental in the midfield for the Blues.

Star turn: Napolioni Qasevakatini put on spirited display for Nadi.

Comments:

Lautoka coach Lambert Sarju said: “It was a tough match and we need to keep our focus, shape and structure. We did use the flanks and that paid dividend.”

Nadi FA president Navneeda Gounder said:

“The game was very good but the determining factor in the draw was the red card. The 10 players played gallantly and we just have to be happy with the outcome.”

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 




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