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Suva still on top

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, February 10, 2014

SUPER fit Suva maintained their unbeaten run in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League beating Lautoka 2-0 at Churchill Park yesterday.

The Gurjeet Singh-coached side did not wilt in the heat. As hosts, Lautoka scheduled the match at 1pm to give them some advantage with the weather, however the ploy backfired.

It was the Lautoka players who lost composure especially in the second half with the Capital City team taking control.

Veteran Pita Rabo played a key role for the Southerners marshalling the players from the central midfield.

Suva goalkeeper Emori Ragata was sent off by referee Ravitesh Behari in injury time for stomping Livai Senibulu.

Ravinesh Karan Singh scored from a counter attack in the 43rd minute. The Whites led 1-0 at the break.

Strike ace Samuela Drudru scored the second goal in the 62nd minute following a neat pass from Rabo.

Suva could have won by a higher margin but wasted many chances from close range.

This was Lautoka's fourth straight loss in the competition.

Blues coach Dennis Singh said they could not let the losing trend continue.

Dennis said changes would be made with the transfer window opening later this month.

"The boys were too soft," he said.

"We have the same players week in, week out and things are not improving.

"We are lacking quality players in many positions. I have given the local boys the chance to represent their district.

"This was our weather but Suva played as if it was their weather. The boys did not make the runs and the hunger was just not there."

Dennis said changes were necessary.

"We can't let this trend to continue because there is automatic promotion and relegation at the end of the competition," he said.

Suva coach Gurjeet Singh was happy to gain maximum points.

Gurjeet said they needed to improve their finishing.

"Playing under the hot sun, it did not work out for Lautoka," he said.

"It backfired for them. I knew that they were training very hard in the daytime but then you need recovery.

"This is where we had the advantage.

"The boys lasted the 90 minutes. The tougher games are coming ahead and we will take each as it comes."

Meanwhile, Ba defeated Nadroga 6-0 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka in the other National League match yesterday.