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Nadi out

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, April 12, 2014

URAIA Loki and Ratu Bainivalu saw red as Amicale FC booted Nadi out of the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League with a 6-0 drubbing at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday.

The Vodafone Shop N Save Nadi team needed a win to keep their semi-final hopes alive but indiscipline cost them dearly.

Loki was the first to go in the 24th minute for a cruel challenge on Amicale FC captain Nelson Sale who had to be stretchered off the field.

Ratu Bainivalu who came off the bench in the second spell spent less than 20 minutes on the field before being given the marching orders for an off the ball incident.

Jone Salauneune started ahead of star striker Rusiate Matarerega in the fixture.

The floodgates opened after Bainivalu's departure as Amicale FC scored four goals in seven minutes.

Nadi coach Kamal Swamy once again expressed disappointment with the red cards flashed in the match.

Swamy said the send-offs cost them the game.

"I don't understand as to why red cards were given," he said.

"For the first one I asked the match officials and they said excessive force. If there was excessive force then the opposition player would not have come back on the field. It was a 50-50 ball. That cost us the game.

"Playing in this competition with nine players is very difficult. It is just inexperience. I was happy with the first half performance.

"We put Jone in the starting line up to hassle up front because Rusiate is injured. He missed a chance coming off the bench which could have changed the game. If there were no red cards then we could have won the game."

Amicale scored all their goals in the second spell.

Marko Dordevic scored the first in the 59th minute. Nikola Vasilic scored the second in the 73rd minute. Replacement Kensi Tangis scored the third in the 85th minute. Colin Marshall scored the fourth goal from a quick free kick in the 89th minute. Tangis got his double a minute later while Vasilic completed the rout with his second in injury time.

Amicale coach Nathan Hall said the big score-line was a boost for them heading into the final pool match against Auckland City on Monday.

Hall said they took advantage of the red cards.

"After the second red card it was pretty much easy to get behind the defence," he said.

"It was a tough game during the first 45 minutes. The last 30 minutes playing with nine players, fatigue caught up with Nadi which is normal and we took advantage of that."

Nadi will face AS Dragon in its final pool match.

Nadi: Beniamino Mateinaqara, Jone Salauneune, Krishna Sami, Vuniuci Tikomaimereke, Uraia Loki, Ilimotama Jese, Ame Votoniu, Lekima Gonerau, Napolioni Qasevakatini, Amani Makoe, Eliki Ravosai.

Amicale FC: Chikau Mansale, Davide Talone, Sivan Swamy, Esava Naqeleca, Nikola Vasilic, Francois Sakama, Nelson Sale, Dominique Fred, Jack Wetney, Marko Dordevic, Colin Marshall.

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