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Third for decide

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, January 20, 2014

A third match will be played to decide the winner of the Pillay Garments Champion versus Champion series between Ba and Nadi.

This is after the second match between the two teams ended in a 1-all draw at Govind Park yesterday.

The same score line was recorded in the first match at Prince Charles Park earlier this month.

The deciding match is most likely to be played at Churchill Park in Lautoka on Friday evening.

Ba, gunning for a record 18th CVC title, started strongly creating numerous raids on the Nadi goalmouth.

However, it was the Shop N Save-sponsored Nadi team that got the breakthrough in the 39th minute.

Munit Krishna's perfectly timed cross was headed past Ba goalkeeper Epeli Codro by Amani Makoe.

The Jetsetters led 1-0 at halftime. Ba with the backing of the vocal home fans stepped up after the break.

Avinesh Warran Suwamy hit the cross bar with his long range attempt.

Suwamy did not miss with his second attempt in the 59th minute.

He powered in a right footer from 25 metres leaving Nadi goalkeeper Benaminio Mateinaqara perplexed.

Ba coach Yogendra Dutt said they missed many chances.

Dutt said the immense pressure finally paid off in the second half.

"If you assess the first half we were attacking the Nadi defence but our choices were wrong," he said.

"We kept on pressuring and through the immense pressure we scored. I salute the players, the fans and our sponsor 4R Electrical.

"Our training was disrupted by rain. We trained for only three days. Now we need to go for recovery. We will be analysing the video of this game.

"We have to make better decisions when getting in those goal scoring areas.

"If those decisions were 100 per cent then things would have been different. For the next game we want to finish it in 90 minutes."

Nadi coach Kamal Swamy described Suwamy's goal as a wonder strike.

Swamy said they allowed Ba back into the match like in their earlier fixture.

"I told the boys to shut them in the midfield," he said.

"They marked the players but it was an extra effort from Avinesh to get that goal.

"Nobody expected him to take the kick from there.

"We still need to work on our finishing."

Ba: Epeli Codro, Mavileko Nakama, Abbu Zahid Shaheed, Meli Codro, Jone Vesikula, Josefata Neibuli, Narendra Rao Junior, Laisenia Naioko Raura, Remueru Tekiate, Marika Madigi, Avinesh Suwamy.

Nadi: Benamino Mateinaqara, Uraia Loki, William Vallentine, Ilimotama Jese, Vuniuci Tikomaimereke, Ame Votoniu, Rahul Krishna, Munit Krishna, Eliki Ravosai, Amani Makoe, Rusiate Matarerega.


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