Suva downs Tavua

Kelvin Naidu of Flaws Valve Suva tussle for possession against Tavua during the second day of the Vodafone Fiji FACT at Ratu Cakobau Park yesterday. Picture: RAMA

IT was a lucky escape for the Flow Valves Suva team after scoring a late goal against Tavua to keep their chances alive of making the 2018 Vodafone Fiji FACT semi-finals.

Tavua was a better side compared with Suva after creating a number of scoring chances, but it was Simione Tamanisau who made the difference in the game.

Former national under-20 midfielder Tevita Waranaivalu headed in the winner later in the game when it looked like the fixture would end in a nil-all draw.

Tavua’s Vilive Naulalevu, Vilitati Kautoga and Mosim Khan created problems for the Suva defence with continuous attack against Tamanisau.

Suva coach Tuka Tisam said it was a nervous moment for him in the crucial match.

“Tavua was a tough team and credit goes to them for their defensive work and we were happy to have come away with our first win in the tournament,” Tisam said.

“Tavua had a lot of counter attacks on our goalmouth and unfortunately they did not score any goals through their counter attacks. It was frustrating to beat eight players behind the ball. Their style of play was very hard. We tried hard to break their style and at the end we got the goal.”

Tavua coach Saroj Kumar said he was proud of his team’s performance.

“We were unlucky to concede a goal as we played better than Suva with many scoring chances, but Suva managed to win. “There are a number of upcoming players in my team who would become good footballers in years to come.”

Both the teams have three points each.

Suva– Simione Tamanisau, Epeli Leiroti, Tevita Waranivalu, Remueru Tekiate, Kelvin Naidu, Kaliova TIvulu, Bruce Hughes, Sakaraia Naisua, Waisake Navunigasau, Shahil Dave, Ravinesh Karan Singh.

Tavua– Jovilisi Borisi, Pauliasi Natikibau, Kasim Khan, Semi Vakatalai, Ratu Dau, Maikeli Sivo, Vilive Naulalevu, Vilitati Kautoga, Savenaca Adronu, Ratu Sairusi Nalewadonu, Hussaini Khan.