2018 Vodafone Fiji FACT: Rewa to play Labasa in cup final
3 June, 2018, 5:37 pm
DEFENDING champion Rewa will face Labasa in the Vodafone Fiji FACT final after defeating Lautoka 1-0 in the semi-final at Churchill Park this afternoon.
Striker Setareki Hughes rifled in a 35m shot from the sideline inside Lautoka’s 20m line to beat goalkeeper Beniamino Mateinaqara, scoring a spectacular goal for the Delta Tigers.
Lautoka tried its best to equalise but the brick wall defence of the Rewa players made things difficult for strikers Benjamin Totori and Mohammed Shazil.
Young goalkeeper Manasa Waqavou was in top form and saved some powerful shots fired by his opposition to help his team earn a ticket to the final.
Rewa coach Marika Rodu said beating Lautoka on their home turf showed the characters of his troop.
He also attributed the victory to the teamwork and dedication endured by his boys.
Rodu said the challenge was to work on their weakness and counter the high-flying Labasa team in the final.
The final will be held at Ratu Cakobau Park on Sunday.
Lautoka: Beniamino Mateinaqara, Praneel Naidu, Zibraaz Sahib, Shazil Ali, Poasa Bainivalu, Jone Vesikula, Kavaia Rawaqa, Benjamin Totori, Edward Justin, Shivam Naidu, Kolinio Sivoki
Reserves: Senirusi Bokini, Semi Matalau, Merrill Nand, Arami Manumanubai, Shivnil Chand, Waisea Kotoisuva
Rewa: Manasa Waqavou, Peniame Drova, Vuniuci Tikomaimereke, Savenaca Baledrokadroka, Gabiriele Matanisiga, Misaele Draunibaka, Taione Kerevanua, Amani Makoe, Siotame Kubu, Mitieli Namuka
Reserves: Epeli Loaniceva, Lorima Dau, Mohammed Naizal, Sairusi Nalaubu, Paul Kalouniviti, Epeli Saukuru, Koalasito Posiano, Mohammed Khan