Blues Tri­umph

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De­sign En­gi­neer­ing Lautoka foot­ball striker Christo­pher Wasasala scored twice as they romped to a 5-1 win over Tavua at Churchill Park, Lautoka yes­ter­day.

The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw at half­time be­fore they found their form in the sec­ond spell to win their Voda­fone Premier League opener.

What hap­pened: The first goal came in the 12th minute from a Wasasala drive from the left side of goal post.

But Tavua stunned the Lautoka fans when Manasa Drua net­ted the equaliser in the 27th minute.

Half­time: Lautoka 1-1Tavua After the breather Lautoka bounced back when Tavua was pe­nalised for a foul giv­ing Pra­neel Naidu the chance to score from the penalty spot.

Wasasala, in the 57th minute, made it 3-1 with his sec­ond goal. The flood­gates opened as Sio­tame Kubu and Samuela Dru­dru scored for Lautoka to seal the fi­nal score at 5-1.

Star turn: Wasasala played a grand game and his sec­ond goal sealed Tavua’s fate.

Com­ments- Lautoka coach Ka­mal Swamy said: “We could have played better if it had been dry weather. “We made mis­takes and Tavua equalised so we changed our tac­tic and it worked for us.”

Tavua coach Saroj Ku­mar said: “The weather was not on our side. I com­mend the play­ers for their tire­less ef­forts and we hope to do better next time.”

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Tavua: Jovil­isi Borisi, Semi Vakata­laiw, Save­naca Adronu, Ro­hit Naidu, Manasa Drua, Sairusi Nale­wadonu, Marika Rawa­soi, Vil­i­tati Kau­toga, Sameet Goundar, Waisake Suge, Aporosa Balei

Lautoka: Be­ni­amino Mateinaqara, Iliesa Lino, Kolinio Si­voki, Ilaitia Tuilau, Kavaia Rawaqa, Peni Finau, Dave Radri­gai, Pra­neel Naidu, Le­sava Qal­ica, Christo­pher Wasasala, Samuela Dru­dru

Photo: Waisea Na­sokia

Jack’s Nadi mid­fielder Al­fraaz Ali clears the ball against Ba at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on Jan­uary 14, 2018.

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