ONE could have taken a snooze in the first half of the East-West FIFA World Trophy Tour match at Churchill Park yesterday in front of 2500 fans.
It was a boring start before Iosefo Verevou livened the game a little with a goal of sheer individual brilliance in the second half as the Marika Rodu-coached East beat the Ravinesh Kumar-coached West 2-0 to win $500.
The match overall was a lacklustre affair with most players showing signs of lack of match fitness following the almost month-long break after the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants.
Passes were going all over the place in an error-ridden first half.
It was late in the spell that Samuela Drudru scored when he outpaced the opposition defence and beat goalkeeper Beniamino Matainaqara from inside the box.
In the second half, Verevou, who had a poor start to the game put the game beyond West's reach after he cut in from the right hand edge of the box, beat three defenders and Matainaqara.
Avinesh Waran Swamy, who did not travel with the Ba team to New Zealand, rocked the East team's crossbar with a vicious drive from a set-piece but that was the closest the West came to scoring.
After the game, both teams had their picture taken with the FIFA World Cup Trophy. A special moment for all of them to cherish, especially Rodu and his men. They were victorious on the day the biggest prize in the game was paraded for the public in Fiji.
East: Epeli Loaniceva, Kolinio Sivoki, Peniame Drova, Waisake Navunigasau, Leone Damudamu, Setareki Hughes, Ravinesh Karan Singh, Ilisoni Logaivau, Iosefo Verevou, Savenaca Nakalevu, Samuela Drudru.
West: Beniamino Matainaqara, Ame Votonui, Mitieli Namuka, Luke Rawadamu, John Rounds, Ilimotama Jese, Avinesh Waran Swamy, Dave Radregai, Amani Makoe, Rusiate Matarerega, Napolioni Qasevakatini.