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Suva's Drudru strikes again

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, February 17, 2014

STRIKER Samuela Drudru continues his sensational scoring spree as he helped Suva extend its lead in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League competition.

Skipper Drudru struck at the stroke of half time against Nadroga at the ANZ Stadium to give the Capital City side a 1-0 win yesterday.

The Gurjit Singh-coached Suva maintains its lead after round five of the competition on 15 points.

Nadroga, which is placed in the bottom three of the NFL points table, put together a spirited effort and showed signs of recovery from the off field issues the association has been embroiled in lately.

Under the guidance of new coach Arvin Narayan, the Stallions defended well to avoid an embarrassing loss in the hands of the hosts.

Suva with territorial and possession advantage had numerous scoring opportunities but its misfiring forwards squandered them all to settle for a 1-0 win.

Coach Singh used his new players well and former Fiji under-20 rep Sakaraia Naisua stood out but failed to get any goals under his name.

He created some good scoring opportunities combining well with his captain Drudru, Shahil Dave and Ravinesh Karan Singh upfront to breech the crowded Nadroga defence.

Suva used its favourite "one man upfront" tactic to pile pressure on Nadroga in counterattacks while warhorse Pita Rabo did enough to set up play from his midfielder's role.

The former New Zealand-based player seemed to have run out of gas in the latter stages of the second spell and was replaced by an able Leone Damudamu to tighten up the play in the crucial stage of the match.

Nadroga seemed to have lacked the combination as inconsistent play marred the rare chances they created in the match.

Coach Narayan said the players found it hard to train together because of their geographical location.

"That's our major problem. Because of the geographical location of the players, they find it very difficult to turn up for training every day," Narayan said.

"There are a couple of senior players in the team while the rest are new boys.

"With time these players have the ability to do wonders."

Singh was content with the win and praised Nadroga for its effort.

"I think our real test will be against Nadi this weekend and we will have to win in order to stay on top of the table."

Suva - Ulaiasi Tamanisau, Jale Dreloa, Kolinio Sivoki, Waisake Navunigasau, Jonas Naceva, Tomasi Uculoa, Shahil Dave, Raviesh Karan Singh, Sakaraia Naisua, Pita Rabo, Samuela Drudru (C)

Nadroga - Sakeo Taganeca, Vinit Sing, Leone Vurukania (C), Alvin Prasad, Ranjit Singh, Luke Rawadamu, Sireli N, Joseph Elder, Salveen Singh, Shivneel Sharma, Ronald Lawrence

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