Po­lice de­fend soc­cer ti­tle

Fiji Sun - - Sport - JUS­TINE MAN­NAN SUVA Edited by Osea Bola

The Fiji Po­lice team de­fended their ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl soc­cer ti­tle af­ter se­cur­ing a 2-2 draw against Army at Buck­hurst Ground yes­ter­day.

Po­lice led 1-0 at half­time with Si­mone Ta­man­isau draw­ing first blood. But Army came back com­posed and stronger in the sec­ond spell re­sult­ing in Epeli Saukuru equal­iz­ing.

With both teams tied 1-1, pres­sure be­gan to build with fans cheer­ing their side on. Christo­pher Wasasala put Army in the lead with a beau­ti­ful goal from inside the box but it was Ta­man­isau’s ex­pe­ri­ence which gave Po­lice hope as he scored his sec­ond goal to equalise, end­ing the game 2-2. Po­lice coach Inosi Cava said they knew what to ex­pect from Army but the main drive be­hind the team was to never give up. “We knew it would be a tough game for us and that Army would come in well pre­pared this year,” Cava said. “This was a dif­fer­ent ball game com­pared to the past years; when Army scored their sec­ond goal I just told the boys to never lose hope.

“I told them they need to play un­til the last whis­tle and they pulled through. “Ta­man­isau and some other se­nior play­ers it re­ally boosted the young play­ers.

“This win is for all those po­lice­men who are out in the sta­tion work­ing and to all those who sup­ported us.” Mean­while, Army coach Ratu Pe­naia La­tia­nara is proud of what his team has achieved.

“First of all I would like to thank God and the boys,” La­tia­nara said.

“The boys re­ally played their hearts out and played un­til the last sec­ond so it was a good match against our brothers. “We will go back and look at our game and im­prove from there and come back stronger next year.”

Photo: Jus­tine Man­nan

Fiji Po­lice soc­cer team cel­e­brate af­ter their win yes­ter­day.

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