A NINE-MAN Navua exited the Courts Inter-District Championship with an unbeaten record and paved the way for defending champions Suva to enter today's semi-finals without breaking a sweat.
The Red Devils had Monit Chand and Seveci Rokotakala sent off in the first half and played with nine players for just over 30 minutes.
Nadroga took an early lead with a Peni Finau header but a lapse in concentration saw Navua equalise through Netani Doli when they were playing with 10 players. Chand and Rokotakala were both shown straight red cards for lashing out at their opposition but Navua still held on to draw 1-1. They had also drawn their other pool matches.
The draw gifted Suva a spot in the semi-final even before they played Nadi. Rusiate Matarerega scored 15 seconds from the start as Jack's Nadi beat Finance Pacific Suva 1-0 to accompany the Whites into the semi-finals.
Nadi finished winners with Suva as runner-up and the Westerners will face Labasa in the second semi-final at 10.15am. Ba meets Suva in the first semi-final at 9am.
"We got ourselves a new lease of life with that late goal against Nadroga on Friday and the boys will surely go on to do their best in the semi-final," quipped Nadi president Navneenda Goundar.
"We had a slow start but the side is improving with every game and if the players stick to the game plan tomorrow morning (today), we should be playing our second final this year."
In Group A, Ba beat Design Engineering Lautoka 2-0 last night.
This ensured Ba finished top of the group. The Blues needed to win by at least two clear goals to push Ba out of the tournament. Osea Vakatalesau netted for the Men in Black before Avinesh Waran Suwamy put the final nail in the coffin.
Labasa had earlier qualified for the semi-finals with a 0-0 draw against Rewa. However, they will miss their coach/player Pita Bolatoga in the semi-final after he got a second yellow card in that game. Rewa had Epeli Saukuru sent off for a second bookable offence but still dominated the game in the second half.
In primary schools final, Ba meets Labasa and Drasa (Lautoka) meets Sarawati (Nausori) in the secondary schools final.
In the premier division, it's an all northern final with Taveuni taking on Dreketi.
Taveuni came through with a win over Nasinu (2-0) in the semi-final while league champions Dreketi ousted Rakiraki 2-0 in the second one.
Today's premier final is at 1.30pm with the super premier final at 3pm.