Nadi, Suva in Fijian FACT final today
Jack’s Nadi and Ingco Kasabias Suva will play in the final of the Vodafone Fijian FACT at 3pm today at Ratu Cakobau, Nausori after their semifinal wins yesterday. Pictured: Jack’s Nadi and Advanced Parts and Spares Ltd Labasa players in aerial contest at Ratu Cakobau Park yesterday. Nadi won 3-2. Suva defeated Rewa 1-0.
Defending champions Labasa have bowed out of the Vodafone Fijian FACT after losing 3-2 in extra time to Jack’s/Professional Evaluation Nadi at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori last night. What happened: Both teams started off well with Labasa putting pressure on Nadi early in the game. Labasa had a real chance to score in the 29th minute but due to the wet and slippery conditions Ravinesh Singh went down before kicking the ball. Halftime: Labasa 0-0 Nadi Labasa drew first blood in the 70th minute from an own goal by Ravinesh Singh catching Vereti Dickson off guard, 1-0. A minute later Ratu Anare kicked a beautiful shot at goal from outside the box to put Labasa in the lead 2-0 in the 66th minute. Napolioni Qasevakatini closed the gap with an easy penalty, 2-1. Labasa kept up the good defence until the 84th minute when Lekima Gonerau dribbled the ball past two defenders passed to Ame Votoniu who scored. Five minutes into extra time, Nadi’s William Valentine’s free kick was spot on as he extended Nadi’s lead 3-2.
Big play: Labasa started off well in the second half catching Nadi off guard and scoring two goals.
Star turn: Nadi’s William Valentine was the star of the show in extra time. Comments
Nadi coach Joseph Nand: “The boys really played well and stuck to the game plan but I think we could have done better if the weather was good. I am pleased with the way they played, they held their ground and put in the hard yards until the very end.” Labasa coach John Leewai: “I am proud of the boys, they had a good start and led 2-0 but it is unfortunate they could not keep that lead. We made a lot of mistakes and Nadi capitalised on that which cost us the game.”
Action from the Labasa-Nadi match at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday.