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Labasa secures second victory

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, June 22, 2014

LABASA continues to thrill the fans with spectacular goals in the Fiji FACT at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori.

After scoring a classical goal from the edge of the 18-yard box in the 1-0 win over Rewa on day one, Labasa scored another superb goal against Nadroga in the 1-0 win over the Stallions yesterday.

The wins put the northerners in the driving seat in Group A for a semi-final berth.

Labasa started well and with its deft passes kept Nadroga players on their toes.

Skipper Apisalome Turuva marshalled his boys well from the back to keep his attackers Netani Doli, Jesoni Takala, Taione Kerevanua, Joseph Mishra, Edwin Sahayam and Ilisoni Logaivau in Nadroga's territory.

The Bal Sanju Reddy-coached side played the 3-5-2 formation and used the flanks to mount the pressure on the Stallions.

It was Sahayam's deep cross that found Logaivau free in Nadroga's six-yard box who headed in the opener in the 41st minute to go one up.

Nadroga controlled most of the second spell and had some excellent opportunities to level the game but were unlucky.

Mohammed Taslim, who scored against Ba, Luke Rawadamu, Alvin Prasad and veteran Leone Vurukania proved a handful for Turuva and his troops but the Labasa defence held on to claim the victory.

Coach Reddy admitted fatigue caught up with his players and praised them for securing the maximum points.

"We are a step closer and thanks to the boys for that. Nadroga is always hard to play and they are always tough which they showed against Ba but the boys played with determination and stuck to the game plan," the schoolteacher and former Nadogo player said.

"The fatigue came in the second half because of last night's (Friday) game. We played last on the first day and then early today (yesterday) so there wasn't enough time for recovery."

Reddy asked the fans to keep supporting the team adding they wanted to win the FACT title for them.

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