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Press FC Claim First Title Win

Press FC have won their first ever Vodafone National Club Championship title after beating Bureta FC 4-2 on penalty kicks in the final at Govind Park, Ba yesterday. The Lautoka
13 Dec 2016 11:00
Press FC Claim First Title Win
Oceania Waters Press FC defend against Aaak Rentals Blues FC in the NCC semi-finals yesterday. Photo: Fiji FA Media

Press FC have won their first ever Vodafone National Club Championship title after beating Bureta FC 4-2 on penalty kicks in the final at Govind Park, Ba yesterday.

The Lautoka based- club coach Lambert Sarju said that they had several scoring opportunities which they failed to capitalise on.

“There could have been close to ten goals scored by us but still we could not get that ball into the back of the net,” the veteran coach said.

“In the last ten minutes of extra time we applied pressure but any way we have achieved what we wanted to achieve this year.”

Sarju told SUNsports that the players had a lot of injuries sustained during their pool games.

“A lot of fatigue has come in the team, a lot of cramps were experienced by the players yet they did their best.”

Sarju said he was not surprised at the outcome as he was expecting them to win the NCC title for the first time.

“I told the boys this morning that I am preparing an ice bath for them after the final.

“I had told them in advance since I was very sure that the boys would win the tournament,” he said.

Press FC goalkeeper, Viliame Tabucala, was the hero when he saved two penalty kicks which led to the team’s victory.

“We were really prepared for today’s match. This was the fifth time for me to play in the NCC but it’s the first time for me to be in the winning team,” Tabucala said.

Bureta FC coach, Michael Mudliyal, was happy with their performance during the competition.

“I think we played really well despite the injuries we had. The penalty kicks meant is was anybody’s game.

“We went out with our heads held high and I would like to congratulate our boys and thank our sponsors All Freight Logistics,” he said.

Mudliyal said that they have achieved the goals they had set for this year’s NCC.

“Our goal was to surpass the elimination pool match and we have reached the final with a very young team,” he said.

He added that he was very optimistic of winning next year’s NCC.

“In the previous years we only reached the semi-finals but this year we went a step ahead.

“Come next year we will return and we will conquer,” he said.

Press FC received $4500 for the win while Bureta FC got $1,500.

 

RESULTS: Semi-final: Bureta FC 2-0 4R Electrical FC; Press FC 2-0 Blues FC

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