VETERAN Pita Bolaitoga scored both goals in Labasa's 2-1 victory against Lautoka in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League at Churchill Park yesterday.
The striker was on target early in the eighth minute as the Babasiga Lions put on the pressure.
Alvin Avinesh equalised from the penalty spot in the 34th minute and the teams locked 1-all at halftime.
Bolaitoga doubled the visitor's account in the 68th minute after a run down the right flank as the Blues players stood watching.
With an experienced line-up the Northerners should have won the match easily but failed to create the goal scoring chances.
The hosts held the upper hand especially in the second half.
However it was just as if lady luck had eluded Lautoka as they hit the post twice, the side netting once and had the ball cleared from inside the box on numerous occasions.
Labasa coach Bal Sanju Reddy was satisfied with the three points in the bag.
Reddy pointed out lack of fitness as their major drawback.
"Coming to Viti Levu and securing three points was our mission," he said.
"Playing Lautoka on their home turf was difficult. The boys trained only for three days.
"There are many areas to work on. The players seemed to be tired so they need to lift their fitness level."
Lautoka coach Dennis Singh expressed disappointment with the result.
Singh said they did not have the depth in the squad.
"Inexperience is what cost us," he said.
"The chances were there to score but the boys did not take the shots at the right time. They hesitated and allowed the opposition to clear. There is a lot of soul searching to do."
Lautoka remains winless after three matches.
Labasa: Vereti Dickson, Kavaia Rawaqa, Apisolome Turuva, Posiano Kalisito, Pene Erenio, Taione Kerevanua, Edwin Sahayam, Ilisoni Logaivou, Krishneel Krishna, Joseph Mishra, Pita Bolaitoga.
Lautoka: Alivereti Baleiloa, Siotame Kubu, Ravinesh Dass, Mitieli Namuka, Noa Vukica, Jone Kaloutani, Alvin Avinesh, Edward Justin, Dave Radrigai, Leisari Qalica, Mohammed Rahiman.