STRIKE sensation Joseph Mishra struck a late goal to hand Labasa maximum points against Ba in front of its home fans yesterday.
Mishra and midfielder Taione Kerevanua scored a goal each for a 2-1 triumph over the Men in Black at Subrail Park in Labasa during their Fiji Sun/GP Batteries National Football League match.
Despite the loss, Ba still maintains their lead on the points table after a crucial victory over Savusavu on Saturday.
Meli Codro's strike in the 15th minute gave the Men in Black an early lead. However the home fans were vocal which boosted the morale of the Babasiga Lions.
Kerevanua's goal evened the scores at the break.
Labasa continued its marvellous work defending Ba's attempts at goal as they spoiled their opponent's efforts.
Defender Posiano Kalisito was cautioned while Ba's Ronil Kumar fetched a red card leaving a player short as the visitors faced the full wrath of the lions.
Sandeep Nair was also issued the marching orders towards the last four minutes of play leaving both teams a player short.
Labasa coach Arthur Simmons was a jubilant man as he responded to his team's brilliant performance saying that it was a big deal for the side to beat a renowned team like Ba.
He took his hat off for the gallant performance of his warriors.
"I think the supporters that turned out really helped the boys. I think that they played their hearts out during this match making everyone proud," he said.
Simmons added the victory was history now as they prepare for their next matches against Rewa and Navua.