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Maciu Malo
Monday, February 26, 2018

VODAFONE Lautoka Blues started their O'League campaign on a high note beating Madang from Papua New Guinea 3-1 in New Zealand yesterday.

Striker Benjamin Totori (Solomons), midfielder Cory Chettleburgh(New Zealand) and defender Brian Kaltack (Solomons) proved their worth in their Lautoka outfit and showcased their talents to score a goal each for the Blues.

The three imports combined well with the local boys to win their opening match of the championship.

Chettleburgh combined well with forwards Osea Vakatalesau, Samuela Drudru and Solomon Islander Benjamin Totori up-front pressuring their opponents' defensive line.

But it was Totori who scored the first goal when he neatly completed a well-timed pass from Vakatalesau to inspire his teammates early in the first spell.

Vakatalesau and Totori also featured prominently in the second goal scored by Chettleburgh before Madang hit back with a goal from Maskulan Pulung.

Lautoka increased its tally after Kaltack scored from a classical free kick as the ball sailed into the top right corner in the 77th minute of the game.

Team manager Abraham Paul said the boys delivered what they had practised.

He said the boys followed exactly the game plan being set up by their coach Kamal Swamy.

"This is the start we want and the win is crucial as it will boost our O'League campaign," said Paul.

"The boys played simple football exactly what they have been practising back home in their training run and played according to the game plan set up by the coach."

Paul said the players needed to reset their focus as the side prepared for their second game against Venus on Wednesday.

"The boys are in high spirits and the win will encourage them to lift their performance in their next game."

"We are taking each game as it comes and we are treating all games as our final."

Lautoka's last game is against Auckland City on Sunday.

Lautoka line-up:

Beniamino Mateinaqara, Kolinio Sivoki, Ilaitia Tuilau, Brian Kaltack, Kavaia Rawaqa, Praneel Naidu, Cory Chettleburgh, Dave Radregai, Samuela Drudru, Osea Vakatalesau, Benjamin Totori.

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