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Late winner sees Nadi past Delta Tigers

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, January 20, 2013

LEKIMA Gonerau's 25-metre injury time screamer earned Nadi a 2-1 victory over Rewa in the Fiji Sun/GP Batteries National Football League at Prince Charles Park yesterday.

Gonerau struck in the first minute of added time as the match seemed to be heading for a draw after a comeback by the Delta Tigers in the second spell.

The late win is a big result for the Jetsetters in their bid to clinch the NFL title.

Central College student Napolioni Qasevakatini headed in Nadi's opening goal in the first half. Iosefo Verevou equalised in the second half before Gonerau's late strike gave the home side victory in front of over 2000 fans.

Nadi Football Association president Tarun Patel said they had to struggle to secure the three points.

He said the boys seemed to relax after taking the first half advantage.

"We are still unbeaten and are in the run for the top eight for the Fiji FACT," Patel said.

"We got complacent in the second half. It must be the fitness level. We slowed down and Rewa took advantage.

"But hats off to the boys to secure our first win on home soil for the new season. The result is good for Nadi."

Qasevakatini scored in the 23rd minute while Verevou equalised for Rewa in the 67th minute.

Rewa coach Marika Rodu said a lapse of concentration cost them three points.

He said they dominated the second spell. "Hard luck as we thought that we would have got a draw," Rodu said.

"But we gave away possession at the end. The simple mistakes crept in. It was the unmarked man who managed to score the goal. It was heart-break to lose like that. The boys fought well to get back into the game after being down in the first half. It was just lack of concentration towards the end and Nadi took their chances and scored."

"I can guarantee that we dominated the second half. The players had mental toughness to come back from one goal down to draw level but we need to lift our fitness to fight until the end."

Teams

Rewa: Simione Tamanisau, Peniame Drova, Lorima Dau, Epeli Saukuru, Akash Sharma, Kelepi Qaqa, Setareki Hughes, Shelvin Prasad, Kelvin Singh, Hoteshwar Padarath, Savenaca Nacalevu.

Nadi: Benaminio Matainaqara, Poasa Bainivalu, Ilimotama Jese, Viliame Toma, Arvind Pratap, Amani Makoe, Vuniuci Tikomaimereke, Lekima Gonerau, Uraia Loki, Napolioni Qasevakatini, Rusiate Matirerega.





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