March 19, 2017
Suva has taken the lead on the Vodafone Premier League standings after thumping Rakiraki 5-0 at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori today.
The Whites now have 6 points from four matches and the big margin win over the newcomers puts them on top of the ladder although Rewa and Lautoka also have 6 points.
Suva led 2-0 at halftime with Sahil Dave netting a penalty early in the match and impressive upcoming striker Sairusi Nalabu getting their second just before the break.
Captain Ravinesh Karan Singh scored Suva's third goal in the 59th minute after beating two defenders and chipping the ball over the head of Rakiraki goalkeeper Saimone Naibogi.
Nalabu scored Suva's fourth and his second goal of the encounter in the 76th minute and replacement Sakenasa Rakaria wrapped up the big win just before the full time whistle after getting a neat through pass from Singh.
Suva Coach Nathan Shivam was satisfied with the result and said it was good to get back on track after losing narrowly to Lautoka in the last fixture.
"We could have scored more goals as we had more possession in the game but a 5-0 win is satisfactory and we should take the positives out of this match and build up for the upcoming matches."
"We have a new team this year and are rebuilding and working on combinations. Players like Epeli Lairoti and Ivan Kumar played well today and we should get better as we progress," he said.
Rakiraki Coach Pragdeesh Goundar said they played well in the first half but some defensive blunders allowed Suva to score goals.
"Suva was the better team today and we have to work on our mistakes. We played well in the first half but mistakes cost us the game and some of the goals scored were from simple defensive mistakes which should have been avoided."
"We will need more time together. Most of our players are in Suva so getting everyone together to train as a team is a challenge for us at the moment but we should come out better prepared in our next game."
Rakiraki is yet to secure a point in the Vodafone Premier League after four matches.
By Reginald Chandar