October 22, 2016
Dreketi has increased its premier division survival chances after beating Nadroga 3-2 in an exciting bottom of the table Vodafone Premier League fixture at Subrail Park today.
Nadroga made a brilliant start to the match and scored two goals in the opening ten minutes through Archie Underwood and Taniela Raubula to lead 2-0.
Featuring without top goalkeeper Shaneel Naidu and midfielder Menon Ram who are both away in New Zealand playing in the NZFFI IDC, Dreketi managed to find its momentum midway in the first spell and scored goals through Thomas Steiner and Setareki Sokowasa to level scores just before halftime.
The Northerners suffered a setback in the 35th minute after veteran midfielder Henry Dyer was sent off, leaving the Johan Leewai coached side with only 10 players.
Dreketi managed to score its third and winning goal from the penalty spot in the second half. Nippy striker Apisai Sasewa scored the vital penalty.
Coach Leewai told FijiLive the win was a relief for them as it somewhat puts them in a safer position.
“We badly wanted to win today and I am glad we managed to get the maximum points from this game. We were lost in the first ten minutes of the game but a good effort and determination from the players saw us come back and win.”
“We are a little safe now but we need to get more points to confirm our status. This win has boosted the morale of the players and we are now looking forward to the big match against Lautoka tomorrow,” he said.
The Northerners now have 7 points after 8 matches while Nadroga is yet to register a point after nine straight losses in the competition.
Dreketi faces Lautoka at 3pm in its match tomorrow while Nadroga will face Labasa at 1pm.
By Reginald Chandar