RUSIATE Matarerega scored 15 seconds into the game against Suva as a Nadi-Ba final looms at Churchill Park this afternoon.
The lanky striker's goal ensured Nadi a 1-0 win over the defending champions and they will play Labasa in the second semi-final after Ba plays Suva in a repeat of last year's final.
"Ba are the favourites although Suva will surely come in with a strategy to counter their attacking game," said former Fiji skipper Tagi Vonolagi.
"If Ba makes it to the final, either they play Nadi or Labasa that game should be a thriller."
Ba last night dominated Design Engineering Lautoka with a 2-0 win to finish top of Group A with seven points.
Labasa, having earlier drawn 0-0 against Rewa, finished second with five points.
The Marika Rodu-coached Rewa finished the tournament without a single goal, having earlier drawn 0-0 with Lautoka and lost 0-3 to Ba.
The other Reds, Navua, despite drawing all their matches at the Courts Inter-District Championship and bowing out unbeaten, remained win less in all three tournaments this year.
However, it's a step up for president Faud Ali and coach Mohammed Shafil as they now turn their focus on the national league.
They played with nine players for over 30 minutes in yesterday's 1-1 draw against Nadroga and it took a gigantic effort on part of their players with Netani Doli having an outstanding tournament.
Left-back Abdul Moshin has been indefinitely suspended by the NFA for breaking camp.
It is believed he did not like being on the bench with Iliesa Lino getting the nod to start.
Nadroga were left to rue the several missed chances and the defensive lapse when they allowed Navua to draw level with 10 players.
Lautoka will be disappointed with their performance especially as host team.
They will now be without their overseas-based players (Jean Kaltak, Nelson Odaiji and Niko Jack) for the national league.
Lautoka's biggest problem throughout the tournament was their lack of focus at the back and poor finishing.
If there was a trophy for the team creating the most chances, the Blues would have triumphed.
But making them count was where they failed.
Nadi and Ba both started off slowly with draws in this tournament but I won't be surprised to see these two teams lining up in the final this afternoon.
Both sides seem to have paced themselves well.
Suva will need to strengthen their defence if they are to hold out Ba's attack while Labasa without the suspended Pita Bolatoga will not be the same Lions outfit.
My tip is a Ba-Nadi final with a first Ba IDC victory in five years. They look simply unstoppable.