MIDFIELDER Uraia Loki struck in injury time to guide Nadi to a 1-0 win against Labasa in the semi-final of the Courts Inter-District Championship at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday.
Both teams tried their best to find the opener but to no avail as the scores remained nil-all until the dying stages of the game.
A final counter attack by Nadi minutes from full time was blocked away by Labasa resulting in a corner kick.
Midfielder Monit Krishna stepped up to take the kick from the right flank.
His perfectly floated kick was well timed by the lanky Loki who headed downwards beating the Labasa defenders and goalkeeper Vereti Dixon in the process.
The timing of the goal was perfect for Nadi while for the Northerners it came at a wrong and cruel time.
Labasa, which displayed some enterprising football in the tournament, could not better their performance from the BOG where they also lost in the semi-final.
The Babasiga Lions missed the services of workaholic Pita Bolaitoga.
Nadi coach Kamal Swamy said they were happy to reach the IDC final after missing out on the Battle of the Giants final after winning the Fiji FACT title.
"We played according to the game plan," Swamy said.
"We knew that the goal was going to come. It was a bit too late but we got it right."
Bolaitoga who stood in as assistant coach said they failed to capitalise on their chances.
"We played the game but Nadi got one chance and they scored," Bolaitoga said. "That is football. If you don't score then you don't win. Nadi utilised its chance. The aim was there to win the tournament but the finishing let us down."