July 03, 2016
Setareki Hughes broke the hearts of his former team-mates and supporters as he netted the lone goal in Suva’s 1-0 victory over Rewa in the second semifinal of the 2016 Vodafone Fiji FACT at Nausori’s Ratu Cakobau Park tonight.
Rewa started the match attacking and could have taken the lead in the third minute but Josateki Tamudu’s shot came off the right post with goalkeeper Benaminio Mateinaqara well beaten.
Hughes managed to score the opener in the 7th minute after intercepting a rebound and slamming the ball into the roof of the net, giving goalkeeper Benito Waqavou no chance at all.
Rewa had to start Waqavou in goal as top choice goalie Simione Tamanisau was tied up with work commitments and did not train with the team.
Match referee Finau Vulivuli had to stop the game in the 19th minute as poor lightening at the venue made it difficult for the two assistant referees to see the goal-line.
Play was held for more than 15 minutes as officials worked on rectifying the problem.
And they did return with a solution- a first for Fiji soccer where two additional assistant referees were brought in to stand behind the goal line and assist the officials on the side-line.
Rewa’s Iosefo Verevou proved to be a headache for the Suva defence but the Olympian marksman failed to get his name on the score-sheet despite work hard all night.
Kasabia’s Ingco Suva will face Jacks/Property Valuation Nadi in a repeat of the 2014 final tomorrow at 3pm.
The two teams clashed at the same venue back then and Nadi managed to win the final via an extra time goal to Amani Makoe.
By Reginald Chandar