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Nadi Survive IDC Pool Scare

  Jack’s Nadi escaped with a 1-1 draw against minnows National Hire Dreketi in their 2016 Courts Inter District pool opener at the ANZ Stadium, Suva last night. What Happened:
06 Oct 2016 13:13
Nadi Survive IDC Pool Scare
Dreketi keeper Petero Namoce failed to stop Nadi's equalizer during Courts IDC pool play lastnight. Photo: Ronald Kumar

 

Jack’s Nadi escaped with a 1-1 draw against minnows National Hire Dreketi in their 2016 Courts Inter District pool opener at the ANZ Stadium, Suva last night.

What Happened: Dreketi started strongly and scored their goal in the 9th minute, through a Sanaila Waqanicakau strike. The Northerners led by Krishneel Krishna and Vikranth Chandra played gallantly as they disrupted many of Nadi’s moves.

The star-studded Nadi side inspired by the return of stylish striker Rusiate Matarerega had plenty to offer on attack but were denied by Petero Namoce’s superb goalkeeping.

Half time: Dreketi 1-0 Nadi

In the second half, Nadi midfielder Ame Votoniu broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute after a shot inside the box went straight into the net. Nadi had many opportunities to increase their lead but were denied by Namoce’s quick reflexes.

Star Turn: Votoniu was Nadi’s saviour as he calmly scored from an opportunity inside the box.

Big play: Namoce’s excellent goalkeeping allowed Dreketi to stay in the game.

Comments: Nadi coach Joseph Nand said:

“Dreketi is a tough side and I am happy with the way our players played. We missed our striker Napolioni Qasevakatini in this match because of suspension and that affected our game pattern. Qasevakatini will be available for our next match and that will strengthen our combination.

“We have lost in two consecutive IDC finals and this time our aim is to win it.”

Dreketi coach Johan Leewai said:

“We did well in the first half while the second half was not that good. We allowed Nadi to score. We will come back strongly in our remaining games to qualify for the semi-finals.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  leonec@fijisun.com.fj

 

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