SPORTS

Blues Edge Out Hapless Suva Side

Zibraaz Sahib’s penalty kick secured a 1-0 win for Lautoka against the Fiji Gold Suva side in the Vodafone Premier League clash at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday. What happened:
13 Mar 2017 11:00
Blues Edge Out Hapless Suva Side
Pita Rabo of Suva wins an arial battle against Zibraaz Sahib but wasn't enough going down to Lautoka by 1-0 at Ratu Cakobau Park yesterday.Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

Zibraaz Sahib’s penalty kick secured a 1-0 win for Lautoka against the Fiji Gold Suva side in the Vodafone Premier League clash at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday.

What happened: Suva started the first half applying pressure on Lautoka and making attempts at goal within the opening minutes.

Lautoka controlled the ball well as they opened up the Suva defence only to be denied by Suva goalkeeper Emori Ragata who did well to block their attempts at goal.

Just before half time Suva defender Jale Dreloa was shown the red card for a head butt on Lautoka striker Samuela Drudru. Both teams failed to produce anything leaving the first half scoreless.

Half time: Suva 0-0 Lautoka

Fatigue began to kick in for both teams in the second spell and both were desperate to draw first blood. Lautoka central defender Kolinio Sivoki was shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Suva tried to find the back of the net but all their attempts at goal failed to find the net. The favour was on Lautoka’s side when Suva’s Abdul Moshim gave away a penalty which was taken by Sahib who made no mistake with his attempt.

Big play: Suva played a good first and in the second half applied pressure on the Lautoka defence as they took numerous attempts at goal.

Star turn: Sahib was the hero of the match with his successful penalty kick.

Comments: Suva coach Shivam Nathan said: “From our perspective I think the referee has cost us the game, making that call in the last second was really very harsh on us.

“We are trying to build our team, this is the new season and we are trying to get in new players and I’m proud of the way they played.”

Lautoka coach Kamal Swamy said “I think it was a very tough game, Suva played counter attack football as they compact their defence which made it very hard for us.

“We were fortunate that there were ten men so we could have some possession and we were lucky to get the penalty.

“Finishing was our weakness, we had a lot of opportunities but we couldn’t make anything happen which is something we have to work on.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  Justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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