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Leaders Rewa thrash Nadroga in DFPL

Leaders Rewa thrashed Nadroga 6-1 in Round 6 of the Digicel Fiji Premier League at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori today/

Experienced midfielder Iosefo Verevou opened the scoring with a well-executed goal in the 11th minute.

The play began with Delon Shankar making a brilliant run and passing the ball to Epeli Valevou.

Rewa players

Valevou then found skipper Setareki Hughes, who cleverly set up Verevou for the finish.

Verevou added another goal in the 33rd minute, easily scoring from close range with no Nadroga defenders nearby to challenge him, leaving him one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

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Rewa’s Iosefo Verevou celebrates his goal against Nadroga during the R6 of the 2024 DFPL at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori. Rewa won 6-1.

Just before half time, Rewa’s Valevou received a yellow card for accidentally kicking a Nadroga player in the face while attempting a bicycle kick to attempt the goal.

Half time saw the Delta Tigers leading 2-0 with Verevou’s brace.

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The second half remained intense as Nadroga was awarded a penalty.

Rusiate Matarerega took the shot, but Rewa’s goalkeeper Isikeli Sevanaia, was up to the task and made a crucial save.

Isikeli Sevanaia

In the 54th minute, Rewa’s Ivan Kumar delivered a beautiful cross that Patrick Joseph converted into a goal.

The match’s tension escalated when Valevou received his second yellow, resulting in a red card and his ejection from the game.

Despite being down a man, Rewa continued to press.

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This didn’t hinder the experienced Rewa side as Super Sub Tevita Waranivalu scored a beautiful solo side goal in the 65th minute.

In the 67th minute, Nadroga made a comeback with a goal by Rusiate Matarerega, although the play was contentious.

It appeared that a Nadroga player fouled a Rewa player prior to the goal, but the referee allowed the goal to stand.

Rusiate Matarerega

Rewa’s skipper and teammates protested the decision, questioning the referee about the incident.

Rewa’s relentless attack continued, and in the 74th minute, Ivan Kumar once again set up Waranivalu, who secured Rewa’s 5-1 lead with his second goal of the match.

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In the 90th minute, Captain Setareki Hughes skillfully netted the final goal of the match, sealing a 6-1 victory for Rewa.

Simran Chand
Simran Chand
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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