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Ba moves up

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, February 24, 2014

DEFENDING champions Ba moved up to the second position on the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League points table following their 6-2 thrashing of Lautoka at Churchill Park yesterday.

Lanky striker Osea Vakatalesau scored a double for Ba in the encounter.

Arvindra Naidu made his debut for the Blues this season after a three-month suspension while 2008 Inter District Championship hero Malakai Waqa came off the bench after a lengthy lay-off.

Despite the inclusion of the two experienced players, the Sugar City side failed to match the class of the Men in Black.

Vakatalesau netted in the 12th minute before Alvin Avinesh equalised in the 21st minute from the penalty spot.

Jone Vesikula scored from a penalty for Ba in the 41st minute to put the visitors in front 2-1 at half-time.

Abbu Zahid Shaheed set up Ronil Kumar for Ba's third goal in the 47th minute before Isikeli Jeke pulled one back for Lautoka five minutes later.

Vakatalesau scored his double in the 65th minute.

Avinesh Waran Suwamy scored Ba's fifth goal before Shaheed added the icing on the cake in the dying stages.

Ba coach Yogendra Dutt said the big win was a morale booster for the team ahead of the Oceania Champions League in April.

Dutt said they could have scored more goals.

"It is a good win and it takes us into full force for the Oceania Champions League preparations," he said.

"The Oceania Champions League preparations will be totally different because we will be playing the top clubs from the region.

"When you start scoring goals then things go in your favour. The most important thing for the players was to enjoy the game after the draw against Rewa last week."

Lautoka coach Dennis Singh said they lost to a better team.

Suva leads the competition with 18 points followed by Ba on 10 points, Nadi and Rewa tied on nine points each.

Lautoka: Alifereti Baleiloa, Alvin Avinesh, Arvindra Naidu, Leisari Qalica, Mitieli Namuka, Jone Nailogi, Avikash Reddy, Isikeli Jeke Keli, Ravinesh Dass, Jone Kaloutani, Siotame Kubu.

Ba: Epeli Codro, Josefata Neibuli, Ramueru Tekiate, Jone Vesikula, Laisenia Raura, Avinesh Waran Suwamy, Ronil Kumar, Meli Codro, Mavileko Nakama, Osea Vakatalesau, Abbu Zahid Shaheed.





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