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Labasa Bounce Back To Qualify

The 4R Electrical Labasa football team forced its way back to top Group A in the Digicel Fiji FACT tournament.
31 May 2022 17:02
Labasa Bounce Back To Qualify
RC Manubhai Ba striker Saula Waqa lifts his hands after scoring a goal in their clash against Nasinu in the Digicel Fiji FACT at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, on May 29, 2022. Ba won 6-1 and qualified for the Digicel Fiji FACT semifinal against 4R Electrical Labasa on Saturday. Photo: Fiji FA Media

The 4R Electrical Labasa football team forced its way back to top Group A in the Digicel Fiji FACT tournament.

The Babasiga Lions will play RC Manubhai Ba in the first semifinal at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, on Saturday.

Defending FACT champions Ram Cleaning Services/ All Freight Logistics Suva take on Baker’s Fresh Lautoka in the second semifinal.

Labasa only needed a draw against All in One Builders Nadi in their final group match on Sunday night.

However, the Ravnil Pratap-coached side came out firing and took a 1-0 lead at halftime from a Ratu Anare strike.

They maintained the momentum in the second half and extended their lead in the 68th minute when Siotame Kubu scored, for a 2-0 win.

Hosts Cambridge Farms Limited Nadroga were denied a semifinal spot after Suva scored a late equaliser to grab a 2-2 draw.

The Stallions took a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute from a Abdul Farid goal but Suva levelled the scores at 1-1 in the 62nd minute through Azariah Soromon.

Nadroga hit the front again in the 64th minute when Taniela Raubula slotted in a classic goal.

With hopes high of a semifinal spot, Nadroga’s hopes was dashed in the 89th minute from a Malakai Rakula sizzler. The draw enabled Ba to qualify after they scored a big 6-1 win over Nasinu.

The first semifinal gets underway at 2.30pm followed by the second semifinal at 5pm.



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