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10-man Navua wins crucial three points in Sigatoka

Jo Kunaluvea
Monday, February 24, 2014

NADROGA'S soccer misery continues as a 10-men Navua team defeated them 2-1 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka y esterday.

Simione Maikali was shown the red card in the 26th minute of the first half after he struck Nadroga player Sheveen Kumar which looked unintentional.

Kumar was stretchered off as a result.

Twelve minutes later Navua striker Vineet Chand scored his team's first goal after he fired a low volley that shot past the Nadroga goalkeeper.

Nadroga's strikers had six golden opportunities to equalise but all their attempts missed the target.

In the second spell, Nadroga continously attacked the opposition's goalmouth but a brick wall defence from the southerners thwarted all attempts.

But Tomasi Tuicakau was successful in one of his numerous attempts that brought the score to 1-all.

Nadroga players failed to take advantage of their extra man and allowed the opposition to dictate play.

Some of the Navua players had played in the Sanatan Soccer tournament at Navua yesterday morning but still managed to outplay Nadroga in most facets of the game.

Navua had the will to win while most Nadroga players were too casual despite having more possession and territory in the second half.

With time running out, the host started to bombard the Navua goalmouth but all their sluggish attempts were off the mark.

In the 97th minute, a right cross from Navua's Praneel Kumar saw Mohit Chand driving the ball past the Nadroga goalkeeper to give them the 2-1 win.

Navua coach Kameli Kilawaca thanked the boys for the win.

"Our aim was to win and gain three points and I thank our players for giving us the victory even though we were one man down," he said.

"I also told the players during the break to play basic football and concentrate on our defence and I am glad they did just that,' he said.

Nadroga soccer president Vijay Singh was a disappointed man after the game.

"Nadroga players were not concentrating," was all he said when asked for a comment.

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