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Thrashed again

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

VODAFONE Shop and Save Nadi was thumped 5-0 by AS Dragons in its last OFC League championship pool game at Lautoka's Churchill Park yesterday.

The side failed to deliver the goods required by its fans and lost all its pool games, conceding more than 10 goals in three games.

In yesterday's match, the team was outclassed by a structured and fitter opposition.

The Jetsetters failed to find their rhythm and instead displayed lacklustre football in front of less than 60 home fans.

Strikers Napolioni Qasevakatini and Rusiate Mateirerega were denied the opportunity to weave their magic due to the brick wall defence of the opposition.

Nadi failed miserably with their finishing touches despite the hard work and combination of their top strikers.

Inexperience, indiscipline and aimless kicking were some of the contributing factors to the loss which enabled the opposition to capitalise.

Nadi's defenders could not withstand the Dragons wave of attacks which resulted in their five goals.

Despite the loss, team coach Kamal Swammy admitted his troops had a lot to learn after their win-less OFC campaign.

"The players have also felt the experience of the OFC environment compared to local club football," he said.

"This is a huge learning curve for our players knowing that discipline and inexperience contributed to our downfall.

"The boys tried their best in their last game, unfortunately we failed."

AS Dragon mentor Ludovic Graugnard said he was glad his troops ended their losing streak against Nadi.

He said his side ended their campaign on a high note after earlier losses to Auckland City and Amicale FC in pool games.

Their goals were scored by Alvin Tehau, Teaonui Tehau, Steevy Chong Hue, Jacques Tetauira and Yannick Vero scored from a penalty kick.

Nadi: Vereti Dickson, Malakai Rakula, Rusiate Matarerega, Astley Lee, Shafim Buksh, Mataiasi Toma, Amani Valebalavu, Napolioni Qasevakatini, Ilimotama Jese, Vuniuci Tikomaimereke, Krishna Sami.

AS Dragons: Mikael Roche, Victor Snow, Pierre Kugogne, Efrain Araneda, Yannick Vero, Alvin Tehau, Steevy Ching Hue, Edson Lemaire, Torea Maruoi, Rainui Rua


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