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Suva through

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, June 22, 2014

SUPER skipper Ravinesh Karan Singh scored the first hat-trick of the 2014 Vodafone Fiji FACT to help Suva become the first team to qualify for the semi-final.

The Capital City side thumped Navua 4-1 to boot the southern minnows out of the tournament.

Suva defeated Lautoka 3-0 while Navua lost to Nadi 0-1 in their opening group matches.

The Gurjit Singh-coached side continued from where it left on day one to crush the hopes of Navua in the tournament.

Youngsters Nickel Chand, Antonio Tuivuna, Kolinio Sivoki and Jale Dreloa maintained their brilliant form and combined beautifully to keep the pressure on the opponents.

Ravinesh scored the opener in the 10th minute before former Navua man Inia Boko doubled the lead in the 22nd minute.

Suva led 2-0 at the break.

The B Prasad and Sons-sponsored Navua dominated play early in the second spell but the Suva defenders held on to keep the opponents at the bay.

Experienced Pranil Chand, Inoke O'Connor and Sailosi Livatalo kept the pressure on Suva but failed in the final phase of the play.

Marika Waqanibau pulled one back for Navua in the 72nd minute after Suva defenders failed to clear the ball to cushion the deficit 1-2.

Ravinesh added two late goals in the 80th and 91st minute to seal the 4-1 win.

"I'm happy with the performance so far. People thought (Samuela) Drudru is away and we don't have scorers," coach Gurjit said.

He was also pleased with skipper Ravinesh for leading the team by example.

Navua coach Saiyad Ali said their players were not ready for the top level football yet.

Team director and sponsor Ronal Prasad said they would continue supporting Navua despite their inconsistent performance.

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