April 27, 2018
Suva scored three goals in a space of five minutes to topple Labasa 3-0 in their Vodafone Premier League fixture at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori today.
The Capital City took full advantage of sloppy defending by the Babasiga Lions and found their rhythm and momentum in netting their goals with only five minutes remaining on the clock.
The match as expected proved to be quite entertaining and exciting with both teams displaying good and constructive football.
Labasa missed a couple of good chances in the first half with striker Christopher Wasasala often left isolated upfront.
The national rep was in a very good form and made some blistering runs, using his silky skills to create chances but the finishing somewhat lacked with support players not being on target or arriving late to drive home the advantage.
Veteran midfielder Pita Bolatoga also made the starting team, returning to the domestic scene after some time. He featured strongly upfront and showed good attacking prowess.
The first half ended in a 0-0 draw and Suva was quick to make changes at the break.
Filipe Baravilala and Kelvin Naidu were introduced at the commencement of the second half while Ivan Kumar and an unsettled looking Madhavan Goundar who also copped a yellow card were pulled out.
Naidu injected the much needed boost and beautifully controlled play in the middle, creating many opportunities for the strikers and his vision to switch play was also outstanding while Edwin Sahayam was also equally good for the opposition as he also controlled the engine room pretty well and rarely gave possession away.
As the match entered its final stages, Suva looked more organised and determined to pull a victory and stylish midfielder Shahil Dave scored their opener in quite a fashionable way as he saw goalkeeper Akuila Mateisuva in an unsettled position and blasted the ball beyond his reach in the 85th minute.
The goal ignited the fire-power in the Whites’ attack force and left midfielder Tevita Waranaivalu took full advantage of a melee in front of the Labasa goal to slam in their second goal three minute later.
And the night was not going to end yet for Suva as they continued to apply pressure on Labasa’s goalmouth.
A series of attempts and some really poor clearances resulted in the third and final goal in injury time- this time the credit being given to hardworking left back Sakaraia Naisua.
With the result, Suva moves up in the points standing to fourth place with 7 points after 4 matches while Labasa remains in second spot with 9 points after 5 matches.
Suva plays its next match against Dreketi at 1pm on Sunday while Labasa will face Rewa at 3pm on the same day. Both matches will be played at Ratu Cakobau Park.
By Reginald Chandar