July 01, 2012
Fiji FACT champion Suva proved too strong for an indisciplined Rewa outfit in the National Football League this afternoon at Ratu Cakobau Park and registered an impressive 3-0 victory.
The Whites played with more determination and dominated in all aspects of the match, frustrating the Delta Tigers and forcing them into making mistakes.
Solomon Islander Luke Haaterea scored the lone goal of the first spell in the 36th minute to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at the break.
Rewa after some stern pep talk at halftime by coach Marika Rodu came out attacking in the second spell but could not find the back of the net as rugged defenders Samuela Vula and Inosi Cava worked tirelessly to keep the hosts at bay.
Match referee Rakesh Varman was also kept busy as he had to time and again calm the tempers that arose between the players. His tight control saw Rewa losing its right back Ratu Semi Dileqa in the second spell through a direct red card for a dangerous tackle from behind on Joseph Mishra.
Suva's Cava and Leone Damudamu together Posiano Kalisito of Rewa were also flashed yellow cards for dangerous play.
With 10 players on the pitch, Rewa found the going tough and wilted under pressure in the dying stages of the match allowing two further goals against them.
Mishra scored the second goal for Suva in the 90th minute while midfield general Shivam Nathan hammered the final nail in Rewa's coffin in the 92nd minute.
Suva boss Mahen Prasad was on cloud nine after the win and said it was sweet to beat Rewa on its own turf.
"This is a sweet victory for us as we have beaten Rewa in its homeground and in front of its own supporters," said Prasad.
"We are preparing for the BOG and this win will surely boost the confidence and morale of the players."
"There are still some mistakes which we need to work on before the tournament and our coaches will be working on the weak areas in the coming weeks."
Rewa coach Marika Rodu was disappointed with the performance of his players and said indiscipline cost them the match.
"We did not play as a unit and the players got frustrated and lost their temper. This proved costly for us as we lost a player through red card and also gave away too much possession through free kicks."
"We have to get our acts right if we are to win and as for BOG, I definitely will need more players in my squad to better our performance in some key positions."
Suva- Emori Ragata, Simione Maikali, Waisake Navunigasau, Samuela Vula, Leone Damudamu, Inosi Cava, Shivam Nathan, Sedrick Dutt, Luke Haaterea, Samuela Drudru, Joseph Mishra.
Rewa- Epeli Loaniceva, Lorima Dau, Ratu Semi Dileqa, Peniame Drova, Posiano Kalisito, Kavaia Rawaqa, Parneel Chand, Ilisoni Logaivou, Kolinio Sivuki, Epeli Saukuru, Nasoni Mereke.
Referee: Rakesh Varman (Lami).