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ANARE: I KNEW I WOULD SCORE

Labasa striker Apenisa Anare fisted the air after he slammed in their second goal as they beat Ba 2-1 in the Courts Inter District Championship final at the ANZ Stadium,
11 Oct 2016 12:13
ANARE: I KNEW I WOULD SCORE
Labasa Ratu Anare celebrate after scoring the second goal against Ba. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

Labasa striker Apenisa Anare fisted the air after he slammed in their second goal as they beat Ba 2-1 in the Courts Inter District Championship final at the ANZ Stadium, Suva last night.

“When I got the ball I knew I would score and I thank the Lord for giving me the strength,” an emotional Anare told SUNsports.

“I’m proud to score the winning goal for Labasa in the IDC final.”

A jubilant Labasa football coach Ronil Lal said their motto during the IDC campaign was ‘No guts, No glory’.

“The players lived up to that right to the final day. We had set this motto to win and our players played their hearts out. I just took charge of the team three weeks ago and I’m so happy that we have won.

“Our players sacrificed a lot for this victory and they were disciplined and also very committed. We had mapped this strategy well for the IDC.”

Lal said before going into the final, he had told the players that they needed to be composed especially playing in such weather conditions. The Propeller Shaft Services sponsored Labasa side were fired-up from the start to deny Ba their 31st IDC title victory.

 

What Happened: Former Nadi defender Lekima Gonerau gave Labasa the lead in the 7th minute from a powerful cross that was misjudged by Ba goalkeeper Misiwane Narube. Both teams found it hard to settle down on the slippery ground.

 

Halftime: Labasa 1-0 Ba

Play see-sawed at the resumption of play but a through pass in the 70th minute, saw Anare ran away from two Ba defenders to smack home their second goal. Trailing 2-0 Ba captain Avinesh Suwamy led their fightback as they bombarded the Labasa goal with goalkeeper Akuila Mateisuva pulling off some daring saves to the thrill of the thousands of Labasa fans that braved the wet weather conditions at the ANZ Stadium.

The defending IDC champs managed to pull a goal back through Suwamy but time was not on their side.

 

Star Turn: Anare’s electrifying run to score the goal that sealed the win. The skilful striker was in top form and was later named as IDC’s Best Player of Day 6.

 

Big Play: Gonerau set the pace for the Babasiga Lions with his goal early in the first half that boosted his team’s confidence.

 

Comments: Labasa Football president Riyaz Khan: “Labasa deserved the victory.

Ba coach Imdad Ali said:

“It was a tough match and I thank my players for playing well.”

Labasa collected $20,000 while Ba received $5000 as runners-up.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  leonec@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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