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Upset win

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, March 04, 2013

MINNOWS Nadroga ended Nadi's seven match unbeaten run in the Fiji Sun/GP Batteries National Football League with an upset 2-1 victory at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday.

The win was a perfect farewell for former Fiji captain and Nadroga rep Abraham Watkins and his family who migrate to Australia tomorrow.

The shock win has also lifted the Stallions out of the relegation zone.

Ironically this was Nadroga's first win in the NFL and could not have come at a better time as the side was struggling at the bottom of the points table.

Nadi held the upper hand in the match but John Rounds Junior's 53rd minute strike turned the tide in the Stallion's favour.

Nadroga coach Archie Watkins said the win was special.

"It is a proud moment because the boys knew that they had to win," Archie said.

"They had to win it for Abraham who has a heart for Nadroga soccer. In the previous matches the boys did not play for the duration of the game but against Nadi they lifted themselves."

"This is the first win in the competition and to beat Nadi is a bonus."

Nadi coach Kamal Swamy said the missed opportunities came to haunt them at the end.

He said their preparations were hindered due to the adverse weather conditions last week.

"Anything is possible in soccer and Nadroga was a better side," Swamy said.

"We just could not finish our chances. If we would have then we would have won by several goals."

"Unfortunately we did not train for a couple of days because of the unfavourable weather conditions and the unavailability of a suitable training venue."

"The title race gets tougher as we have now lost three crucial points."

Waisea Tale Junior scored the second goal for Nadroga in the 73rd minute. Nadi's Uraia Loki pulled one back four minutes later as heavy rain made visibility low at Churchill Park.

Nadi pushed hard to find the equaliser but the Nadroga defence held firm.

In other results yesterday Navua beat Savusavu 4-0 while Labasa and Rewa played to a scoreless draw.

On Saturday Rewa defeated Savusavu 4-1 while Navua and Labasa were locked nil-all.

NADI: Benamino Mateinaqara, Ame Votoniu, Poasa Bainivalu, Arvin Pratap, Amani Makoe, Krishneel Krishna, Ilimotama Jese, Uraia Loki, Ajesh Narayan, Lekima Gonerau, Rahul Krishna.

NADROGA: Benjamin Rokobaro, Archie Watkins, John Rounds Junior, Luke Rawadamu, Ranjit Singh, Wallace Bali, Sanjeshwar Singh, Waisale Tale Junior, Thomas Costa, Adith Sharma, Akuila Saukuru.

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