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Rewa in semis

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, October 13, 2017

REWA booted defending champion Labasa out of the Courts Inter District Championship after holding the Northerners to a 1-all draw at Churchill Park in Lautoka last night.

In the process the Delta Tigers booked their spot in the semi-final behind group winners Ba.

The Babasiga Lions needed a win in the game to progress to the next stage and took the lead through Mohammed Zaid mid-way in the second spell.

Rewa pushed numbers up in attack in the final ten minutes and was rewarded.

Misiale Draunibaka who came off the bench and proved to be the hero for Rewa as he slammed in a cross from the right flank past Labasa goalkeeper Akuila Mateisuva.

Labasa ended the tournament on a disappointing note scoring only one goal.

Labasa coach Iosefo Vosoboto said the boys put in a lot of effort but things did not go their way.

"We scored only one goal in the tournament," he said.

"The team's performance was not up to par. The communication was not there at times. Labasa has to regroup now."

Rewa coach Marika Rodu said he did not lose faith in his players after Labasa went up by a goal.

"It was always going to be tough playing Labasa," Rodu said.

"We needed a draw and Labasa needed a win. Labasa was more hungry in the first half.

"They caused a lot of problems in attack. I think that Labasa's goal was a blessing in disguise for us. It triggered the boys to work harder."

Rodu said their ploy to send more players into attack using the flanks paid dividends.

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