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Northland U16 Remain Unbeaten

"During the third round of compe­tition, the Suva beat Suva 3-1 at the Fiji FA Academy ground in Vatu­waqa, Suva last Saturday."
13 Mar 2019 10:55
Northland U16 Remain Unbeaten

The Northland Tailevu Un­der-16 football side are at the top of the points table of the Vodafone U16 Youth League com­petition.

During the third round of compe­tition, the Suva beat Suva 3-1 at the Fiji FA Academy ground in Vatu­waqa, Suva last Saturday.

The Tailevu North-based side ear­lier walloped Tailevu Naitasiri 5-1 in the opening match and thrashed Nasinu 3-0.

Northland coach Kritesh Prasad told Fiji FA Media that after their poor performance last year, they set their goals for this year and he’s proud that they are now achieving it.

“Our aim this year is to develop our future stars and I’m happy that we are going in the right direc­tion,” said Prasad.

“The boys are really committed and dedicated to the district. Three players from this under-16 team have already played for the seniors when we beat Rakiraki 3-0.”

Looking at the match against Suva, Prasad says, they were confi­dent of a win despite knowing that Suva had remained unbeaten.

“We knew our boys will do their best in the match and hats off to them for their gallant perfor­mance.”

Mataiasi Drodrolagi scored the opener in the 37th minute while Sanaila Kacisolomone scored his double- first goal in the 53rd and again in the 87th minute while Arsh Farook scored for Suva.

Suva coach Rohini Chand said she was not disappointed with result but would come out more prepared in the next match.

“There were some mistakes which we will work on this week,” said Chand, Suva now sit on second po­sition with six points.

Meanwhile, the Nasinu U16 side registered their first win in the Vodafone U16 Youth League (South­ern Zone) when they thrashed Tai­levu/Naitasiri 3-0.

The young Nasinu side regrouped after suffering two losses in the league but came out firing against their neighbours which gave them the much-needed three points.

Michael Singh scored the opener in the 22nd minute while Iliesa De­laibau scored in the 45th minute to see Nasinu leading 2-0 at the break.

Midway in the second half De­laibau scored his second goal put­ting Nasinu on 5th position of the points table.

Nasinu coach Shiveenl Sami said he was proud of his players and thanked them for playing their hearts out.

Sami said they worked hard for the match and it has paid off.

“The followed the game plan which was the strength behind our win today,”

The Rishikul Primary School teacher said the win was a boost to their campaign.

Tailevu/Naitasiri head coach Tagi Vonolagi said this was their development team and they need time to work on their combination.

– Fiji FA Media

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