THE Northern Selection made a flying start in the under-16 division at the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants hammering Tavua/Ra 4-1 at Govind Park in Ba yesterday.
Down by an early goal, the Northerners rallied back showing a lot of class.
Francis Catarogo the son of former Labasa rep Solomone, scored a goal in the fixture for the Northerners. Shoel Khan, Isikeli Rokani and Avishkar Deo scored the other goals.
Northern Selection coach Ronil Lal was pleased to make a good comeback in the game.
Lal revealed that the team had been training for some time.
"We started to play our pattern after conceding the goal," he said.
"We selected the players from Nadogo, Savusavu, Seaqaqa and Labasa.
The players trained together every Saturday.
"They have jelled well and the result is there. Our mission is to get most of the players selected in the national team. At the back of the mind we want to win the tournament as well."
Meanwhile Lautoka edged Ba 1-0 in the other encounter.
Natabua High School student Edwin Chand proved to be the hero for the "Baby Blues" scoring the winner.
Ba coached by former district rep Shalen Lal created a few chances in the second spell looking for the equaliser but could not find the target.
Lautoka coach Shanim Mohammed said they were happy to notch a win in the opener.
Mohammed said the inclusion of the U16 division at the tournament was good for development.
"The inclusion of the U16 grade is part of development and Fiji Football Association is taking the right steps to move the sport in the right direction."