Football

Coach: Bring On Labasa

Ba survive semifinal test to beat Rewa 1-0 and play in today’s Women’s IDC final 
02 Nov 2020 11:34
Coach: Bring On Labasa
Labasa’s Adi Volitikoro (left) defends against Suva’s Esther Vakacegu during the Vodafone Women’s Interdistrict Championship semifinal at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on November 1, 2020. Volitikoro scored Labasa’s first goal as they won 3-1. Photo: Fiji FA Media

The stage is set for today’s Vodafone Women’s Interdistrict Championship final at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

In a repeat of last year’s final, defending champions Ba take on Labasa.

Ba who had been scoring convincing wins during the Group B matches. They were taken to the wire by a determined Rewa side in the second semifinal before escaping with a 1-0 win.

Ba had to turn to the top striker Cema Nasau in the 48th minute to nail in their lone goal.

Nasau is now the tournament’s top goal scorer with 10 goals.

Ba assistant coach Charlene Lockington says they are wary of the Labasa side who are out to avenge their 5-2 loss in their Group B clash.

“We will go back to the drawing board, we know how Labasa plays,” she said.

“They play with a lot of aerial balls so we are going to counter them in the air tomorrow.

“We look forward to the final against a skilful Labasa team. May the best team win.”

 

CHANGE OF TACTIC

In the first semifinal, a change of tactic by the Labasa coach Arthur Simmons saw his side beat Suva 3-1.

The hosts came firing but Labasa goalkeeper Ana Maucuna stood her ground as she pulled off spectacular saves.

Labasa took a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute from an Adi Volitikoro strike but Suva equalised in the 21st minute through Makereta Cagialau.

Two quick goals early in the second half from Labasa’s Anasimeci Volitikoro and Vitalina Naikore took the first out of the Suva side.

Simmons said they have achieved their first target by reaching the final.

“The girls were positive about it,” he said.

“They felt a bit demoralised when the scores were at 1-1 in the first half but we had to lift their spirits during our pep talk at halftime.

“We changed our tactic a bit to score the two early goals.

“Our midfelders really need to be marking their counterparts and that was how Suva equalised in the first half.”

 

WHAT’S ON TODAY

12pm: Suva v Rewa (3rd/ 4th Place Playoffs); 2pm: Ba v Labasa ( Final)

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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