Nadi, Suva in Fi­jian FACT fi­nal to­day

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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.”

Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai.

Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

Ac­tion from the Labasa-Nadi match at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nau­sori yes­ter­day.

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