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Lucky Escape For Whites

The Suva football team sur­vived a Nasinu fightback to win 4-2 in their Digicel Premier League clash at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, yesterday.
14 Mar 2022 11:00
Lucky Escape For Whites
Nasinu midfielder Taniveke Tanabose (8) in an aerial battle against Suva in the Digicel Premier League clash at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on March 13, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord.

The Suva football team sur­vived a Nasinu fightback to win 4-2 in their Digicel Premier League clash at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, yesterday.

Speaking to SUNsports, Suva technical adviser Tagi Vonolagi said they had to be patient.

“We should have scored more goals but we failed to do so,” Vonolagi said.

“The boys started slow and we had patience and that gave us the win.

“We have to work on making sure we remain consistent.

“It’s all about taking our chances and we did but later in the game we lost focus.

“It’s good to get a win with some of our young players.

“This win is a timely one for us with three games remaining.”

What happened: Suva started with a 4-3-2-2 formation pushing more attackers upfront.

Nasinu played with a 5-3-3 for­mation concentrating more on defence.

Shahil Dave capitalised on a Meli Codro cross to score in the 7th minute of play to hand Suva, a 1-0 lead.

Nasinu had a goal scoring op­portunity through Jasnit Vi­kash in the 26th minute but he failed to find the net.

Half-time: Suva 1-0 Nasinu

Nasinu came out firing in the second half as they gained pos­session.

Suva’s Azariah Solomon scored the second goal in the 50th min­ute to extend their lead 2-0.

Nasinu’s Taniela Rakariva pulled one back in the 54th min­ute to narrow the deficit, 2-1.

Super sub Samuela Drudru ex­tended Suva’s tally in the 61st minute as they had a handy 3-1 lead.

Nasinu’s Nasoni Mereke scored a goal in the 80th minute to close the gap 3-2.

Suva extended their goal to 4-2 through a Mohammed Shazil goal in the dying stages of the match.

Turning point: When Drudru scored Suva’s third goal and it took the fight out of the Nasinu side as they were eyeing an up­set win.

Big play: The Suva side stood their ground and did not buckle when Nasinu fought back with two goals.

They regrouped and came back firing by scoring two more goals to win the game and stay on track in the DPL competi­tion.

Stay on top

The Rewa football side main­tain their lead in the Digicel Premier League points table with a 2-0 win over Nadi at La­waqa Park, Sigatoka, yesterday.

After a scoreless first half, the Delta Tigers took the lead in the 65th minute through striker Abbu Zahid.

They piled on the pressure and the Nadi defence gave away in the 75th minute where Zahid slotted in his second goal.

The result was Nadi’s third loss of the season as they con­tinued to lose possession.

Rewa coach Roderick Singh said, his players really fought hard for the win.

“We knew that the victory would not come easy, we wanted to remain at the top of the points table,” he said.

Nadi coach Kamal Swamy said: “We played hard in the first spell but the boys went down in the second half due to poor fitness.”

Uprising shocker

The Tailevu/Naitasiri football side continued on with their dream run with a 1-0 win over Navua at the Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Habour, Deu­ba, yesterday.

Tailevu/Naitasiri took the lead in the 36th minute from a Isikeli Tuitoga strike.

Navua tried hard to score the equaliser but the Tailevu/Naita­siri defence held on.


Digicel Senior League: Lami 1-2 Rakiraki, Tavua 3-1 Northland.

Digicel Premier League: Na­droga 1-0 Labasa, Navua 0-1 Tai­levu/Naitasiri, Rewa 2-0 Nadi, Suva 4-2 Nasinu.


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