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Drudru scores winner

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, January 27, 2013

SUVA stretched their unbeaten run to three games in the Fiji Sun/GP Batteries National Football League after downing Rewa 1-0 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday.

The Gurjeet Singh coached Whites caught the Delta Tigers napping in the 74th minute with Samuela Drudru finishing off Sanni Issa's move.

Both teams created good scoring opportunities but failed to find the target.

Rewa thought they scored the first goal in the early moments but Iosefo Verevou was ruled off side when he tapped the ball in.

Nigerian Issa's right footer was locked by Rewa goalkeeper Epeli Loaniceva while James Naka's curler went over the Suva goalmouth.

A lapse of concentration in defence allowed Issa to shrug off his defender and run down the right flank. His cross found Drudru who was at the right spot to place the ball in past Suva goalkeeper Emori Ragata.

Suva coach Gurjeet Singh said they needed to maintain their winning run in a bid to claim the NFL title.

He said they had two games next week against Nadi and Lautoka.

"We had a tough game as Rewa came well prepared," Singh said.

"But the three points is very important for us. I'm happy with how the boys combined. The heat was a major factor for both teams especially in the last 20 minutes."

"Overall both teams played well. Despite this win we still have to work hard. We have two tough games next week and will have to lift ourselves for those games."

Rewa coach/player Marika Rodu expressed disappointment after recording back to back losses.

He said they needed to sharpen their attack after missing many chances.

"It is heart breaking once again to lose like this after going down to Nadi last week," Rodu.

"It still does not sink in the minds of the players the importance to win these tough matches."

"That is football, one team has to win and one has to lose. We have learnt a lot from this match but our main concern is the strike force."

"Just those simple errors cost us the game. We have to improve and sharpen our attack. With the losses the chances of winning the title get slimmer. But that is something that we need to forget and focus ahead."

"We don't have a home ground and have been travelling away which is something of a disadvantage."

Suva: Emori Ragata, Simione Maikali, Samuela Vula, Leone Damudamu, Waisake Navunigasau, Joshua Wilson, Natham Sivam, Cedric Dutt, Samuela Drudru, Sanni Issa, Ravinesh Karan Singh.

Rewa: Epeli Loaniceva, Lorima Dau, Peniame Drova, Epeli Saukuru, Akash Sharma, Selvin Kumar, Kelepi Qaqa, James Naka, Archie Underwood, Setareki Hughes, Iosefo Verevou.


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