DPL: Ba runs over visitors

Ba’s Praneel Naidu and Tailevu Naitasiri’s Abhishek Deo contest an aerial ball during their match in the Digicel Premier League at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Ba defeated Tailevu Naitasiri 4-2 in the Digicel Premier League at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday.

The Men in Black are in a rehabilitation stage after a three-in-a-row loss in the competition.

Luke Sevu scored Ba’s first goal in the sixth minute.

Savu then doubled Ba’s advantage in the 18th minute after a lapse of concentration in defence.

Lanky Etonia Dogalau scored the third goal for Ba in the 25th minute.

Tailevu Naitasiri upped the tempo and was rewarded with a penalty after a foul in the box.

Ryan Chandra stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards.

Ba led 3-1 at the break.

Jone Naraba scored for Tailevu Naitasiri 3-2 before Savenaca Nakalevu scored the fourth for Ba.

Ba coach Imdad Ali said the boys played well after a disappointing loss to Labasa.

“We started really well to be up by three goals and then we allowed them into the game,” Ali said.

“Our defence gave them space but then we played to the last whistle and were rewarded with the fourth goal.

“We now look forward to the Punjas BOG and we need to prepare well if we are to challenge for top honours.”

Tailevu Naitasiri coach Priyant Mannu said it was another uphill battle for the team.

“We gave them three soft goals and with a team like Ba you cannot afford that,” Mannu said.

“It was tough after that but we did well to fight.

“The only issue is that we have not been consistent enough with our game.

“This is about to stamp a mark in the DPL.

“We face Labasa next, maybe after the BOG, so we have ample time to welcome back our injured players.”

In other matches, Lautoka defeated Nasinu 2-0 while hosts Suva overcame a spirited Navua side 3-0.



Misiwani Nairube, Shaneel Narayan, Nabil Begg, Savenaca Nakalevu, Peceli Sukabula, Suliano Tawanakoro, Narend Rao, Rahul Naresh, Luke Savu, Praneel Naidu, Etonia Dogalau.

Tailevu Naitasiri: Jason Rokovucake, Mohammed Naizal, Prashant Chand, Mohammed Rasasa, Abhishek Deo, Jone Naraba, Rusiate Qio, Epeli Valevou, Kirtesh Prasad, Jone Gukilau, Ryan Chandra.

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