Blues on song in premier league

Lautoka moved up to second in the Digicel Premier League (DPL) points table after beating Labasa 2-1 at Churchill Park yesterday.

The Blues now have 28 points, two points behind leader Rewa.

Ilisoni Lolaivalu opened the scoring for the northerners in the 4th minute against Lautoka.

Saula Waqa equalized for the hosts in the 16th minute.

Both teams were tied 1-all at halftime.

Sairusi Nalaubu scored from close range to put the hosts ahead with a 54th-minute goal.

Lautoka coach Shalen Lal said the hot conditions did not favor either team, but earning three points was a positive result.

“After conceding the first goal, the message to the boys was to keep possession,” he said.

“The boys regrouped and organized after losing a goal. The match lasted 90 minutes, but we missed many chances.

“We could have scored more goals. We need to work more on more finishes.

Labasa coach Ravneel Pratap said Lautoka played well and deserved the win.

“It was an even game,” Pratap said.

“We created chances, but the finish let us down.”

In other results, Ba and Nadi played a draw and Nasinu defeated Navua 2-0.

Lautoka:

Joela Biuvanua, Epeli Leiroti, Zibraaz Sahib, Sitiveni Cavulagi, Aakash Sharma, Edward Justin, Muni Shivam Naidu, Sairusi Nalaubu, Saula Waqa, Kolinio Sivoki, Junior Dekedeke.

Over there :

Simione Tamanisau, Iliesa Lino, Sitiveni Rakai, Lekima Gonerau, Pawan Singh, Iliasa Vulimainavuso, Christopher Wasasala, Ilisoni Lolaivalu, Ashnil Raju, Ratu Apenisa Anare, Taniela Waqa.

DPL Points:

  • Rewa 30
  • Lautoka 28
  • Suva 26
  • Ba 23
  • Nadia 23
  • Labasa 16
  • Navia 17
  • Tailevu Naitasiri 10
  • Nasinu 9.

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