Te­fana trounced luck­less Nadi

Fiji Sun - - Sport - ANASILINI RATUVA SUVA Edited by Leone Cabenatabua Feed­back: anasilinir@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Nadi foot­ball side were thrashed 6-1 by AS Te­fana in the first round of the OFC Champions League at the QBE Sta­dium in Auckland, New Zealand yes­ter­day. The Ka­mal Swamy- coached side failed to make use of the pos­ses­sion they had en­joyed in the first half as Te­fana solid de­fence held them at bay. Nadi vet­eran Ilimo­tama Jese copped a dou­ble yel­low card and was given the march­ing or­ders. Bol­ster­ing the Te­fana side was goal­keeper Mikael Roche who did well and made some cru­cial saves for his side. Te­marii Ti­norua scored the first goal for Te­fana in the 21st minute when he got be­hind the de­fence and smashed the ball past Nadi goal­keeper Vereti Dick­son. Te­fana con­tin­ued to hold onto pos­ses­sion as Stan­ley Atani slammed in their sec­ond goal in the 30th minute. They led 2-0 at the breather. Te­fana lifted the mo­men­tum in the sec­ond half as Tauhiti Keck scored their third goal as he drove the ball past a help­less Dick­son in the 48th minute. They started to pile pres­sure on the Nadi de­fence as they went in look­ing for more goals. Then it was Keck through a bril­liant solo act was able to beat Dick­son on a half-vol­ley for his sec­ond goal. Nadi pulled one back through an own goal by the Te­fana goal keeper. In the other match AS Ma­genta beat Kiwi 2-0. To­day at 1pm Suva take on Team Welling­ton in their Champions League opener.

Mata­iasi Toma (right), up against Te­fana’s Jonathan Te­hau.

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