Football

Ralulu Strikes Labasa’s Winner 

“I had a fair idea of their goalkeeper’s position but by first timing my kick will give less time for the Suva defenders to react.”
19 Apr 2021 14:17
Ralulu Strikes Labasa’s Winner 
Labasa centreback Akeimi Ralulu controls the ball away from the Suva midfielders Ramzan Khan and Alex Saniel during the Digicel Premier League clash at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on April 18, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Labasa centreback Akeimi Ralulu saw his chance and he never let go.

The left footer first-timed the ball and even Suva goalkeeper Emori Ragata had no time to react as the ball hit the back of the net.

Labasa remained unbeaten in the Digicel Premier League with a 1-0 win at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, yesterday.

“I saw the opportunity and never let it go,” Ralulu said.

“I had a fair idea of their goalkeeper’s position but by first timing my kick will give less time for the Suva defenders to react.”

What happened:  Labasa started strongly with attempts from Apenisa Anare and Ashnil Raju saved by Ragata.

Labasa played attacking football while Suva opted to take a cautious approach.

In the 10th minute Ralulu’s sizzler caught Ragata napping for a 1-0 lead.

The Suva defenders reluctance to challenge the ball saw Labasa came close to scoring on a number of occasions. The Babsiga Lions missed about six goal scoring opportunities.

Halftime: Suva 0-1 Labasa.

Suva came out firing and got a free kick but the ball was cleared by the Labasa defenders.

The hosts dominated play with Kelvin Naidu and Ramzan Khan featuring in their moves.

Suva send in experienced. Iosefo Verevou and Merrill Nand while Labasa veteran Taniela Waqa came in for Siotame Kubu and Melvin Manu for Raju.

Nand came close to scoring on a number of occasion and many wondered why he wasn’t in the starting line-up.

Comments: Labasa captain Akuila Mateisuva said:“Suva is a great team but we played to win. Our next opponent is Lautoka and they will be a tough team to beat.

“Our coach always reminded us that everytime we put on that red jersey we should always give our best.”

Labasa coach Ravneel Pratap in answering question on his move to put Lekima Georau at last man down due to the unavailability of Iliesa Lino said: “Putting Lekima at last man down due to the one match suspension of Lino is part of our defensive structure”

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