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Rewa coach takes blame in 4-1 loss

“May be it’s my fault getting the combination wrong but the players did fine”
“There is no excuse for our loss but I salute my young players for playing their heart out in the hot weather condition.
“I think the players lost concentration in the first minute of the second spell but they played really well.
Ba coach Shalen Lal says he is glad that his boys have maintained the consistency and they played a good game.
“We out our CVC win behind and prepared well for our first league match and all the credit goes to boys, said Lal.
“All the credit goes to the players, I think they did all that was planned.”
The Delta Tigers entered the match with a lot of confidence with Rodu opting to field a young and new-look team, introducing youth players Zamil Hussein and Shakir Ali.
Rewa goalie Manasa Benito was forced to make a couple of saves in the first half as Ba looked good on attack.
Iosefo Verevou looked dangerous upfront for the Reds and had his share of chances but good goalkeeping by Epeli Codro saw the teams head to the break tied 0-0.
Ba came out firing and scored in the opening minute of the second half through evergreen Avinesh Warran Swamy.
Fiji U20 rep Narendra Rao Junior doubled Ba’s advantage later and celebrated his first goal in style- dancing towards the corner flag and looking skywards to thank the Almighty for the goal.
Replacement striker Saula Waqa won a penalty for the Men In Black after he was fouled inside the box by Shakir Ali.
Referee Finau Vulivuli did not hesitate to flash a red card to Ali for the incident.
Jone Vesikula converted the penalty and put Ba up 3-0. Waqa scored his second goal of the season and Ba’s fourth for the match after connecting well with a Swamy cross in the 82nd minute.
Rewa pulled one back through Savenaca Nakalevu two minutes later from the penalty spot.
Ba missed three more chances on goal as Rewa defenders made blunders.
Ba now has three points after one match while Rewa has 1 point after two matches.
In other matches played today Nadi held Suva 1-1 while Nadroga and Tailevu Naitasiri drew 1-1.

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