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Suva U17 Eye First Win

Suva have yet to register a win in the Vodafone Under-17 Youth League after going down to Rewa 3-2 in the third round of competition at the Fiji FA Academy
18 Jul 2016 10:53
Suva U17 Eye First Win
Vodafone U17 Youth League Suva team at the Fiji Football Association Academy in Vatuwaqa yesterday. Photo: JUSTINE MANNAN

Suva have yet to register a win in the Vodafone Under-17 Youth League after going down to Rewa 3-2 in the third round of competition at the Fiji FA Academy in Vatuwaqa yesterday.

Suva led 1-0 at half time with a goal from Philip Leong but Rewa came back in the second half with goals from Anare Naituva, Viliame Tuinakau and Kartik Chand in the 56th, 65th and 80th minute. Suva’s Gerard Lal scored their second goal in the 88th minute but it was not enough for a win.

Suva football coach Radhe Krishna said despite the loss, he is happy with how the boys performed as they have improved from the two rounds of competition.

“I am pleased with the boys performance because considering the last two games where we were thrashed,” he said.

“This game is a huge improvement for us, whatever we learned during training we tried to put it into practice. In coming games we should do better. Our main aim coming into the competition is to develop our players and that is something every team wants to achieve, which is important.

“I believe we are heading in the right direction, the whole of last week we worked on our defence and we defended well today. Rewa only penetrated once, the other two goals came from set pieces so we are doing something good.”

Krishna said they are working on certain areas of their game every week and they would try to implement that into their games on Sunday.

“That is how we are improving. It is not about winning or losing, I mean of course we would like to win a few games but the main important thing is to develop. There has been a big improvement with the boys since the league started.”

Coming up next week is their clash with Nasinu, Krishna says, they are settling for nothing more than a win as they will be working really hard this week.

“I feel the boys are ready and they just need to get past a couple of games before they settle down and really get into it. But we are anticipating a good game and I hope that we can finally get a win next week,” he added.

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