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How We Beat Navua: Babs

Suva regained their lead in the Digicel Premier League points table after thrashing Navua 3-0 at the Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour, Deuba, yesterday. Digicel national reps, Remueru Takiata, Akuila Mateisuva, Inoke Ratulailai and Anish Khem were instrumental in the Capital City’s victory.
11 Apr 2022 11:31
How We Beat Navua: Babs
Suva striker Marlon Tahioa (10) cries foul as the Navua defenders challenge him during their Digicel Premier League clash at the Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour, Deuba, on April 10,2022. Photo: Leon Lord

Suva regained their lead in the Digicel Premier League points table after thrashing Navua 3-0 at the Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour, Deuba, yesterday.

Digicel national reps, Remueru Takiata, Akuila Mateisuva, Inoke Ratulailai and Anish Khem were instrumental in the Capital City’s victory.

Speaking to SUNsports Suva coach Babs Khan said they missed a lot of goals.

“Our mission was to win this game and move up the table,” he said after Rewa had taken the lead on Saturday following their 2-1 win over Nadroga.

“We had a lot of goal scoring opportunities but we missed.

Suva defender Samuela Navoce clears against Navua in the Digicel Premier League clash at the Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour on April 10,2022. Photo: Leon Lord

Suva defender Samuela Navoce clears against Navua in the Digicel Premier League clash at the Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour on April 10,2022. Photo: Leon Lord

 

To be honest we missed seven goals and that is disappointing.

“We moved the ball fast and increased the pace of the game and the Navua defence failed to keep up with us.

“We had the depth in the squad and Navua didn’t and that’s how we outclassed them.

What happened: Suva played with a 5-3-3 formation pushing more attackers forward.

The Navua defenders made a blunder in the 11th minute and allowed Azariah Soromon to score Suva’s first goal.

Hosts Navua started to play constructive football and found spaces in the Suva defence.

Navua were denied a penalty in the 70th minute after Simione Damuni was fouled in the box.

Halftime: Navua 0-1 Suva

Suva continued their goal scoring spree in the second half.

Soromon scored twice in a space of 20 minutes to give Suva a 3-0 lead.

Substitute Samuela Drudru made the Navua defence work harder with his runs.



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