Nadi capitalises on Labasa weak link for victory

Jone Naraba of Labasa FC, 10, clears the ball against Nadi FC during the Digicel Premier League match at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. Picture: RAMA

Labasa’s gamble to field an injured Akuila Mateisuva fell through as Nadi exploited the advantage to win 1-0 at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.

The Jetset town new assistant coach Emosi Baleinuku said they had spotted Labasa’s limping last man and made changes to their attack in the second half.

“We kept pressing the advantage seeing that the goalkeeper was not a hundred per cent, and I am so happy that our boys kept their composure to bounce back and get us a win,” said Baleinuku after their Digicel Premier League clash.

Baleinuku attributed the win to the hard work that was put in after the 4-0 drumming a fortnight ago at the same location.

“We tied up our loopholes and the team put in just that extra commitment.”

Labasa coach Ravnil Pratap said they had made moves to replace Mateisuva but, the veteran unfortunately believed he could hold his line against the green machine.

“He (Mateisuva) decided to stay on and play, I respected his decision, we did our best especially after playing two games in a week,” Pratap said.

“It’s not the end of the world and we will learn what we can and adapt.”

Nadi midfielder Tuiba Batiratu scored the lone goal of the match in the 65th minute of the match.

Nadi FC: 1.Tevita Ravia 4.Eshan Kumar 6.Christopher Kumar 7.William Valentine 9.Patrick Ralulu 10.Beniamino Lebatavatava 12.Ame Votoniu 13.Tuiba Batiratu 16.Vuniuci Tikomaimereke 17.Serevi Waqa 20.Sakaraia Naisua substitutions: 22.Vereti Dickson 2.Vijay Pillay 5.Mosese Nauci 8.Apisai Sesewa 11.Shivneel Pillay 15.Napolioni Qasevakatini

Labasa FC: 22.Akuila Mateisuva 2.Lino Iliesa 6.Nemani Dolodai 9.Siotame Kubu 10.Jone Naraba 11.Pawan Singh 13.Ratu Apenisa Anare 17.Lekima Gonerau 18.Ilaisa Vulimainavuso 19.Taniela Waqa 20.Rajiv Sharma substitutions: 5.Vikranth Chandra 7.Marlon Tahioa 16.Sitiveni Rakai 21.Rohan Nath.

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