Blues Aim To End On High

The Vodafone Lautoka Foot­ball team is ready to put behind its 0-6 loss and come up with an improved performance when they tackle the mighty Team Wellington in the second
20 May 2018 12:27
Blues Aim To End On High
Team Wellington captain Justin Gulley with Lautoka captain Beniamino Mateinaqara at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka on May 19, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Vodafone Lautoka Foot­ball team is ready to put behind its 0-6 loss and come up with an improved performance when they tackle the mighty Team Wellington in the second leg of the Oceania Champions League final at the Churchill Park today.

The task on hand seem daunt­ing, needing a seven clear goal win over the visitors but Blues captain Beniamino Mateinaqara said they have recovered from the huge loss and will put on a respectable per­formance for fans at home.

“We are not happy as well with our first leg performance. It was a result hard to swallow. And all we can do now is put our heads together, work on our weaknesses and come up with a better perfor­mance,” Mateinaqara said.

The Blues will be banking on the services of Peni Finau, Zibraaz Shahib, Benjamin Totori, Osea Vakatalesau and Dave Radrigai.

Team Wellington captain Justin Gulley said they are not getting carried away with the big advan­tage but will ensure they finish off the job.

“We are completely focused and understand that we got a game to play. We are not getting carried away with ourselves.”

The visitors will be banking on Roy Kayara, Hamish Watson, Liam Wood and Jack Henry Sinclair.

Team Wellington Head coach Jose Figuiera was delighted that they are on the verge of being crowned Oceania champions but is happy and fortunate to have a group of players who have been profession­al enough in making it easy for the second leg.

“Feeling at home, we need to take a huge step towards our goal that we want to achieve in terms of keeping the players focussed and it has been fairly easy that we have a group of players playing some consecutive finals and they seem desperately close we are really focussed to finish the job off,” he said.

“Both teams will want to finish off the final on a positive note regard­less of where the game is being played as playing in the O-League final is something to be proud of and we are looking forward to play in front of a good crowd and I urge on people to come forward and be part of the special occasion,” Figu­irea added.

Lautoka FC assistant coach Agi­nesh Prasad has called on Blues fans to come out in numbers and support the team despite the first leg result.

“We have continued with our nor­mal preparation in the lead up to this game and we know it’s a tough task. But the players are ready to show an improved performance in front of our home fans. We request all our fans to come and support Lautoka as this is the first time we are playing the final.”The match kicks off at 2pm.


Team List: 1. Senirusi Bokini (GK), 2. Edward Justin, 3. Zibraaz Sahib, 4. Shazil Ali, 4. Poasa Bainivalu, 5. Jone Vesikula, 7. Dave Radriqai, 8. Kavaia Rawaqa, 9. Liesari Qalica, 10. Cory Chettelburgh, 15. Peni Finau, 16. Osea Vakatalesau, 17. Kolinio Sivoki, 18. Arami Manu­manubai 19. Benji Totori, 20. Brian Kaltack, 22. Benaminio Matein­aqara

Suspended: 14. Samuela Drudru, 11. Praneel Naidu

Coach: Kamal Swamy [FIJ]

Team Wellington

Team List: 1. Scott Basalaj(GK), 2. Justin Gulley, 4. Mario Ilich, 5. Liam Wood, 6. Taylor Schrijvers, 7. Eric Molloy, 10. Nathanael Haile­mariam, 11. Mario Barcia, 12. Andy Bevin, 13. Roy Kayara, 14. Jack-Henry Sinclair, 16. Angus Kilkolly, 19. Ross Allen, 20. Hamish Watson, 21. Daniel Mulholland, 22. Marcel Kampman (GK)

Suspended: 3. Scott Hillar

Coach: José Figueira [ENG]

Edited by Osea Bola


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