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Bulileka College Unveils Future Star

Lanky Bulileka College (BC) sweeper, Noa Ratu, is deemed to be one of our future football stars. The Dreketilailai native outside Labasa was the tower of strength of his school
07 Oct 2016 13:39
Bulileka College Unveils Future Star
Bulileka College , Labasa team. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai.

Lanky Bulileka College (BC) sweeper, Noa Ratu, is deemed to be one of our future football stars.

The Dreketilailai native outside Labasa was the tower of strength of his school team as they came from behind to hold Vashist Muni College (VMC) 2-2 in the Courts Inter District Championship’s Secondary Schools Under-19 competition.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday BC head coach Ranjan Sharma said Ratu is a talented defender.

“He played well today and is a very good player,” he said.

VMC opened the scoring in the 27th minute when striker Vyas Prasad scored from a well-taken free kick.

The BC players struggled during the first half as they found it hard to adapt to the uneven surface of Buckhurst Park. Playing against the wind, Ratu worked over time in marshalling his defence to keep the fast VMC strikers like Prasad and Shivnil Prakash at bay.

The Navua-based school extended their lead at the resumption of the second spell when midfielder Dipesh Maharaj pounced on a loose ball after goalkeeper Keni Masivono failed to catch the ball from a free kick.

Trailing 2-0, the Northerners got into motion and began to take play deep into the VMC territory as central midfielder Apisai found loopholes in the opposition defence.

Continuous pressure saw VMC defender Ratu Roseru copped his second yellow card and was given the marching orders.

Then in the 63rd minute from a corner kick BC defender Tevita Rabali chested a corner kick and sent in rocket like shot to the back of the net, as they reduced the deficit 2-1. There was no turning point as BC striker Ratu Labalaba pounced on a loose ball to smack in their equalising goal.

 

 

 



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