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Double celebration

Maciu Malo
Monday, August 18, 2014

INSPIRED by Lelean Memorial School's Coke Zero Deans rugby success, its neighbouring school Saraswati College has also created a history for winning the Vodafone Secondary Schools under-19 football title at Govind Park yesterday.

The side avenged its 1-5 pool game loss to Kamil College with a stunning 3-2 historical win.

Star striker and player of the tournament Nikhil Chand was the toast for the team for scoring the winner in extra time.

Team coach Nathan Shivan said the Deans win by Lelean motivated his players to create history.

"It will be a double celebration in Nausori," he said.

"Lelean's win in Lautoka on Saturday inspired the boys to do well and I thanked the players for their determination.

"Beating Kamil College on their home turf is sweet after the side earlier defeated us in the pool game.

"The boys delivered the goods when it mattered and I take my hats off for their achievements."

Shivan said winning its first ever U19 final was a huge achievement for the school.

"This win is history and I thank all those who have contributed to this achievement."

Kamil College striker Asiki Nasa scored the first goal before Golden Boot winner Setareki Hughes levelled the score.

Saraswati increased its lead with a goal to Abdul Feroz before the host team pulled one back at the stroke of full-time.

A lapse of concentration by the Kamil defenders enabled Chand to score the winner in extra time.

Meanwhile, defending champion Drasa Secondary School was bundled out in the pool game on points' differential.

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