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Suva dominates city battle

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, June 21, 2014

SUVA added to Lautoka's miserable run this season after thumping the Sugar City side 3-0 in the Fiji FACT at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori.

The Westerners hoping to redeem themselves for a disappointing performance in the national league were left rueing on the missed opportunities while the Sugar City side capitalised on their chances to score the win.

Suva dominated the play from the opening whistle with veteran Pita Rabo holding the fort and dictating play from the midfield.

Upfront skipper Ravinesh Karan Singh and Vodafone Fiji under-20 reps Antonio Tuivuna and Nickel Chand kept the Lautoka defenders busy with their attacking play.

The Gurjit Singh-coached Suva scored the opener through Tuivuna in the 42nd minute of the play to lead 1-0 at the break.

The Dennis Singh-coached Lautoka came back firing in second spell but lacked the coordination upfront to get the equaliser.

Youngster Chand extended Suva's lead in the 47th minute through a free kick before Ravinesh Karan Singh sealed the 3-0 win in the 83rd minute.

Lautoka coach Dennis said they played a "standard" game and let Suva dictate the play.

"Our support play was very poor especially when we had the ball upfront with the strikers. Our midfield had to come and make numbers upfront which we didn't do," he said.

"We played too much of a standard game where we predict what our players will be doing. Our game plan was to pressure Suva and get possession off them but it went the other way round."

Suva's Gurjit said they changed their "system of play" to keep their opponent guessing.

"We had to change the system of play so we didn't play the same like in the national league," he said.

"We have a good set of players and also a strong bench with a good combination in the team. We are not taking any teams lightly in this tournament."

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