Waqan­i­cakau stars in Ba’s win

Fiji Sun - - SPORTS - NI­CO­LETTE CHAM­BERS Edited by Leone Cabenatabu­a Feed­back: ni­co­lette.cham­bers@fi­jisun. com.fj

The Ba foot­ball side found their form as they fought back to beat Labasa 2-1 in their Voda­fone Premier League clash. Play­ing in front of their fans at the Fiji FA Academy ground, Ba were un­der pres­sure af­ter los­ing to Nas­inu and Nadi. The young Ba team kept pres­sur­ing the Labasa de­fence un­til it opened up for them late in the game to score twice.

What hap­pened: The vis­i­tors started strongly and had the lead in the 18th minute with striker Sio­tame Kubu slot­ted in the open­ing goal.

The Babasiga Li­ons dom­i­nated the first half and it seemed that Ba were head­ing for their third con­sec­u­tive de­feat.

Half­time: Ba 0-1 Labasa.

But it was not to be as the hosts set­tled down and be­gan play­ing their game.

A lapse of con­cen­tra­tion by the Labasa de­fence saw lanky Ba striker Saula Waqan­i­cakau drove in their equaliser in the 80th minute.

This sparked the Ba side as they pres­sured the Labasa de­fence and in the 84th minute Waqan­i­cakau scored their sec­ond goal.

The vis­i­tors tried to grab a point but failed to score the equaliser right in the 90th minute.

Com­ments: Labasa coach Ronil Lal said: We lost our con­cen­tra­tion, we should’ve held the ball and play out­side but we tried to play in­side where it was al­ready crowded.

“I told the boys that Ba will come fir­ing in the sec­ond half and that’s what they did.”

Ba’s team man­ager, Ran­veer Singh said: “We came with a game plan and have done well in this game.

“We are also happy with these young boys com­ing into shape and fit­ting into our style of play.”

Photo:

Labasa striker Ash­nil Raj is pres­sured by the Ba de­fend­ers dur­ing their Voda­fone Premier League clash at Fiji FA Academy in Ba on July 25, 2020. Fiji FA Me­dia

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