November 16, 2016
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Labasa registers hard fought win

IDC champions Labasa fought tooth and nail to beat the Australian Fiji Football Association (AFFA) All Stars 2-1 in their opening clash of the 2016 Pacific Cup at Prince Charles Park in Nadi tonight.

Labasa went up in the 5th minute through a Praneel Naidu free-kick which was misjudged by goalkeeper Ronald Singh.

The Australians toiled hard for the equalizer and managed to draw the match level in the 35th minute through Blake Ricciuto who beautifully chipped the ball over goalkeeper Waisake Ravuiwasa.

Defender-cum-striker Ilisoni Loloivalu scored the winner for Labasa in the 44th minute after smacking in a Pita Bolatoga deep cross.

Labasa will play defending champion Nadi in its next match of the Ram's Cleaning Services Pacific Cup at 8.15pm tomorrow while the AFFA All Stars are on a BYE.

By Reginald Chandar

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