July 03, 2022
Suva’s 10-match unbeaten run in the Digicel Premier League came to an end today after the Whites were outclassed 3-0 by Ba at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori today.
The Men in Black were a class apart and impressed in all facets of play.
Suva threatened with two early chances but goalkeeper Tevita Koroi denied Anish Khem and Azariah Soromon with daring saves.
A deep floated cross from Praneel Naidu which was headed towards goal by Savenaca Nakalevu but cleared by the defence landed into the path of lanky Saula Waqa who slammed the ball into the back of the net to put Ba ahead in the 16th minute.
Suva sent in Samuela Drudru in Peniasi Rotidara’s place to add experience and strength to their attack but the visitors held onto their slender lead at halftime.
Nippy attacker Kini Madigi used his silky skills and pace well to beat the defence and take a low shot which came off the post but was tapped into goal by lanky Etonia Dogalau who was at the right spot at the right time in the 51st minute.
Suva’s misery continued as midfield and defence play stumbled against a more fired up Ba attack, and this saw defender Manasa Nawakula claim the third goal in the 54th minute.
The introduction of Malakai Rakula, Joeli Ranitu and Waisake Navunigasau did not make much impact for the Whites Soromon, Rakula and Khem had chances to pull one back for Suva but Koroi’s brilliant form between the sticks kept the scores unchanged till the final whistle.
Ram’s Cleaning Services Suva still stays on top with 24 points while Ba has moved to the second spot with 22 points.
Suva- Akuila Mateisuva (C), Simione Nabenu (Joeli Ranitu), Meli Codro, Inoke Turagalailai, Ramzan Khan (Malakai Rakula), Anish Khem, Peniasi Rotidara (Samuela Drudru), Marlon Tahioa (Waisake Navunigasau), Ravnesh Singh, Azariah Soromon, Filipe Baravilala.
Ba- Tevita Koroi, Kini Madigi, Manasa Nawakula, Nabil Begg, Savenaca Nakalevu (Faazil Ali), Ilimotama Jese, Saula Waqa, Naren Rao, Rahul Naresh, Praneel Naidu, Etonia Dogalau.
By Reginald Chandar