November 21, 2021
Defending champion Suva has climbed to the second spot in the Digicel Premier League after thumping Nadi 4-0 in their Round 11 fixture at the ANZ Stadium today.
The Whites fielded their strongest lineup of the season and went up in the 12th minute via a Shahil Dave penalty after Mohammed Ramzan Khan was brought down inside the Nadi box by Ashneel Kumar.
Khan doubled Suva's lead in the 25th minute with a clinical finish after tapping in a Christopher Wasasala through pass.
Nadi pulled out Christopher Kumar and sent in youngster Ishaan Kumar to stabilise midfield play.
Replacement midfielder Iosefo Verevou scored Suva's third goal in the 82nd minute while Sakaraia Naisua was denied a golden scoring chance on the other end by goalkeeper Jovilisi Borisi.
Ni-Vanuatu striker Azariah Soromon went off the bench and scored Suva's fourth and final goal just before the fulltime whistle.
Soromon found the net through an overhead kick, and his goal would certainly be counted amongst the best of the season.
Unique Rubber Stamp Suva now has 17 points after 11 matches while Esy Kool Nadi is on sixth spot with 11 points from 11 matches.
Suva- Jovilisi Borisi, Simione Nabenu, Rumeru Takiate, Ramzan Khan (Azariah Soromon), Christopher Wasasala (C), Ravnesh Karan Singh, Joeli Ranitu, Waisake Navunigasau (Shahil Dave), Filipe Baravilala, Lasenia Raura, Merrill Nand (Iosefo Verevou).
Nadi- Vereti Dickson (C), Rahul Krishna, Christopher Kumar (Ishaan Kumar), William Valentine (Apisai Sesewa), Ashneel Kumar, Samuela Gavo, Tuiba Batiratu, Josua Tawake, Vuniuci Tikomaimereke (Josevata Malakai), Serevi Waqa, Sakaraia Naisua.
By Reginald Chandar