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Blues march on

Moiz Munif
Thursday, March 01, 2018

A goal midway in the second half and one in the dying stages by right wing Samuela Drudru helped the Vodafone Lautoka side claim a 2-1 victory over AS Venus to book a quarter-final spot in the 2018 Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League yesterday at the Trusts Arena.

Lautoka made a worst possible start to their campaign when they found themselves chasing the game just inside the first four minutes when Roonui Tehau scored a goal for AS Venus. The Blues settled and created some chances through Benjamin Totori and Osea Vakatalesau but failed to change the scoreboard. Venus finished the half strongly and launched a series of attacks but was denied by Lautoka goalie Beniamino Mateinaqara who made numerous saves to keep his side alive in the contest.

Kamal Swamy the Lautoka coach told OFC media they did not play to what as expected.

"In the first half we created a lot of chances we were able to break their defence and we were positive that we will break their defence again and that kept our players going."

The equaliser came in the 62nd minute as Solomon Islander Totori, who indeed has proved to be a worthy signing for Lautoka, set up Drudru's first goal.

Both sides searched for a winning goal as referee flashed out a few yellow cards.

But when it seemed that the match was heading to a tie as the reserve referee signalled two minutes of added time, all hope seemed lost.

Venus found a golden opportunity to attack in the opposition half, but the Lautoka defence stood tall and cleared their line as Drudru flicked the ball from his right wing position to Totori, who maintained his cool, pushed the ball forward and sprinted ahead to gather, work inside the box and slide a neat pass for Drudru who only had to chip the ball in the net for the victory.

"We did some silly passes which led them to win the ball and go on counter attack.

"But if we iron out those things, then we will be good. At the end we got the victory and I think with one of Fiji's teams in the quarter-final is a positive sign," Swami said.

Lautoka face Auckland City in their final group match at 3pm on Saturday.

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