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Different Story Now, Rodu Tells Labasa

  Defending Vodafone Fiji FACT champions Rewa are on track to defend the title after they pipped Lautoka 1-0 in the second semifinal at Churchill Park, Lautoka, yesterday. They now
04 Jun 2018 10:27
Different Story Now, Rodu Tells Labasa
Rewa defender Amani Makoe (right) closes in on Mohammed Shazil of Lautoka during the Vodafone Fiji FACT semifinal at Churchill Park in Lautoka on June 3, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

 

Defending Vodafone Fiji FACT champions Rewa are on track to defend the title after they pipped Lautoka 1-0 in the second semifinal at Churchill Park, Lautoka, yesterday. They now face Labasa this Sunday who earlier on dumped Nadi 2-0.

What happened: Stylish Rewa left midfielder Setareki Hughes drew first blood in the 35th minute when he capitalised on a chance after seeing Lautoka goalkeeper Beniamino Mateinaqara was not in position.

Hughes struck the ball from the near touchline which caught Mateinaqara by surprise to the joy of the Rewa fans.

Halftime: Lautoka 0-1 Rewa

Lautoka striker Benjamin Totori tried hard to score the equaliser but was well contained by the Rewa defenders.

Big play: Rewa has found a suitable replacement for veteran goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau in the form of Benito Waqavou who stood his ground well when under pressure.

Star turn: Hughes lightning strike in the 35th minute which baffled the Lautoka defence.

Comments: Rewa coach Marika Rodu said: “It was a tough game and the boys played to the pattern we wanted. It is crucial to score in the first half and now we move to the final against Labasa who we played and lost 4-0 in pool play but we expect a different story now.”

Lautoka FC manager Paul Abraham said: “Our boys played their hearts out. Congratulations to Rewa for their win and we tried many times to equalise but all was in vain.

“We now look forward to wininng the national league title.”

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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