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Clean sweep

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

BA created history after smashing Suva 5-1 to claim the Pillay Garments Champion versus Champion title for a record 17th time at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday.

After a 1-0 loss to Nadi over the weekend during the Fiji Sun/GP Batteries National Football League match, the Men in Black displayed the true resemblance of the wounded tiger.

Ba simply walloped the sorry looking Capital City side to clean sweep the series 2-0 after winning the opening fixture at the same venue 1-0 last December.

Ba was unstoppable at Churchill Park with the title already in the bag at half-time after taking a 3-0 advantage.

Suva seemed to be a shadow of the team which defeated Ba 1-0 in the final of the Inter District Competition at Govind Park last October.

Ba coach Yogendra Dutt said the big score line wasn't expected.

Dutt said they were proud to make the Ba fans happy by adding another title to their cabinet.

He said many fans were concerned after the loss to Nadi.

"Winning in a championship is everybody's aim," Dutt said.

"After the loss to Nadi we rejuvenated. The players were determined to put up a better performance. It was their will to win the match with a good margin."

"We do not look at the Suva game as a grudge match. It was just the passion that the boys put in that delivered the final result."

Suva coach Gurjeet Singh said the first half goals derailed them.

He said Ba played better soccer on the day by scoring from their opportunities.

"The goals in the first half made a lot of difference," Singh said.

"We missed our opportunities. But the loss is a wake-up call for the boys."

"Ba utilised their opportunities well. Scoring goals is very important as that wins you matches. Ba is a team that when it loses, they come back fighting. We were a bit relaxed in the first half and they took advantage."

Malakai Tiwa scored the first goal in the 2nd minute.

Suva's Simione Maikali scored an own goal in the 13th minute to double Ba's advantage.

Malileko Nakama made it 3-0 in Ba's favour in the 23rd minute.

Avinesh Warran Suwamy scored Ba's fourth goal in the 67th minute from close range. Semi Rokoqica pulled one back for the southerners from a free kick in the 72nd minute while Nakama got his double in the 79th minute to seal Ba's victory.

Ba received $4000 for winning the CVC.

Ba: Ratu Jone Ralulu, Avinesh Waran Suwamy, Meli Codro, Jone Vesikula, Tuimasi Manuca Maviliko Nakama, Kiniviliame Naika, Malakai Tiwa, Laisenia Raura, Marika Madigi, Josefata Neibuli.

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

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