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‘Unfit’ Blues Take Down Dreketi

The Johnny Williams coached-Lautoka side recorded their second win in the Vodafone Premier League 2016 competition yesterday. What happened: The Ilaitia Tuilau captained-side beat Dreketi 3-0 under humid conditions at
25 Apr 2016 15:03
‘Unfit’ Blues Take Down Dreketi
Dreketi goalie Shaneel Naidu fails to stop Lautoka's Josefata Dugucagi goal during the Vodafone Premier League match at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. Photo: LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI

The Johnny Williams coached-Lautoka side recorded their second win in the Vodafone Premier League 2016 competition yesterday.

What happened: The Ilaitia Tuilau captained-side beat Dreketi 3-0 under humid conditions at Prince Charles Park in Nadi.

The Blues had the likes of wily striker Valerio Nawatu, Josefata Dugucagi, Dave Radrigai, Kavaia Rawaqa Iliesa Lino, and Zibraz Sahib and proved too strong for
the Northerners.

Dreketi dubbed as giant killers were brought back to earth after they had beaten Nadroga 1-0 on Saturday night.

The visitors led by Menon Ram, Apisai Sesewa and Apisai Turuva failed to rise to the occasion.

In the 36th minute, Nawatu opened the floodgate with a thunderous shot that gave Dreketi goalkeeper Shaneel Naidu no chance of stopping it.  Eight minutes later, Lautoka managed to extend their lead through Dugucagi that sent their fans into frenzy.

Half time: Lautoka 2 – Dreketi 0.

In the second spell Lautoka played defensively as Dreketi mounted their attacks Sesewa’s height proved to be a disadvantage as he could not breakthrough the defence. Lautoka’s Shahib increased his team’s lead to 3-0 with a header in the 69th minute.

Big play: Radrigai and Shahib played well.

Star turn:

Lautoka goalkeeper Senirusi Bokini stood tall in goal.

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Lautoka coach Johnny Williams said: “We are satisfied with the game today winning with three points, the fitness was bad but it was no excuse, we are going to work on our finishing and try to maintain fitness so that the players can play the whole 90 minutes.

Dreketi coach Arthur Simmons said: “I think the boys were tired, they played well in the first 45 minutes and wilted in the later part of the game. Now we go back to Labasa because bulk of our players live there. Overall it was a good game and we are determined to improve in our next game.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

litia.tikomailepanoni@fijisun.com.fj

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