Nadi Edge Labasa

Fiji Sun - - Sport - PAULINI RATULAILAI paulini.ratulailai@fi­jisun.com.fj

Luck was on Nadi’s side as they beat Labasa 2-1 dur­ing the Voda­fone Premier League at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yes­ter­day. The team from the Jet­set town came out fir­ing after Labasa striker Gabrieli Matanisiga drew first blood early in the sec­ond half. Nadi team di­rec­tor Javed Ahmed said they didn’t play well in their last few games as some play­ers were ei­ther in­jured or sus­pended. “We had a good train­ing this week just for this game and luck­ily some of our play­ers who were sus­pended came back to play. “This is also a build-up for the Pa­cific Cup be­cause as de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons we should be in top form,” Ahmed said.

“We were a bit to tense in the first half. We have good strik­ers and need to work on our fin­ish­ing.”

In the first half Labasa goal­keeper and cap­tain Akuila Mateisuva was red carded for de­lib­er­ately touch­ing the ball. Nadi cap­tain Napo­lioni Qa­se­vaka­tini scored from the free kick be­fore Waisake Tabua­cavu sealed the win. Labasa coach Ronil Lal said they played well even though they were a man down.

“We had young play­ers and that’s a plus for us and we will con­tinue to build and grow. To­day Fix­tures: Govind Park, 4pm Ba-Labasa; Ratu Cakobau Park, 4pm Rewa-Lau­toka; Prince Charles Park, 3pm Nadi-Dreketi, Lawaqa Park 4pm Suva-Nadroga. Edited by Osea Bola

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