ANDREW Naicker scored a late winner for Tailevu Naitasiri against Taveuni in the first match of the Fiji Sun/GP Batteries Viti Levu versus Vanua Levu premier division playoffs at the academy ground in Ba yesterday.
Tailevu Naitasiri defeated Taveuni 1-0.
Naicker scored in the 86th minute after both teams were locked nil-all at half time.
Tailevu Naitasiri's Jale Vota picked up a yellow card while Apenisa Qiwa and Vineel Nand were cautioned for the northerners.
The second match in the series will be played at 3pm at the academy ground today.
The winner of the series will be crowned as the 2012 National Football League premier division champions.
This will also earn the winning side a chance to face super premier wooden spoon holders Savusavu in the promotion-relegation series.
However Savusavu has a protest pending against Nadroga. If the protest goes in favour of Savusavu, then Tavua will be relegated to last spot.
But further uncertainty surrounds the promotion-relegation series after the sponsors for the competition proposed a Super Eight format for next year.
The new format will be discussed during the Fiji Football Association ordinary congress in Ba next week.
Meanwhile Rewa recorded a win and a draw in the National Under-21 playoffs in Ba.
Yesterday Rewa thumped Labasa 4-1.
Betsy Ali, Iosefo Verevou, Roderick Singh and Seremaia L scored for the Delta Tigers. Labasa's lone goal was scored by Tiko Bose.
Rewa led 2-1at halftime.
On Friday Rewa and Ba battled to a one-all draw.
Manasa Nawakula scored for Ba while Savenaca Nakalevu scored for Rewa.
At 1pm today Labasa will face Ba.