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Nadi win first leg

The win puts the Kamal Swamy coach side on an upper hand and will just need a draw to clinch the first ever CVC title while Suva will need to win at any cost by at least two clear goals to stand a chance.
Coach Kamal Swamy was happy with the win and praised his players for giving their best in the game.
“We played to our game plan. We denied the ball to the Suva players, that’s how we could get the win,” he said.
“We played well in second half after I had a good pep talk with the players.
Swamy said he cannot say that they are on their way of winning the title.
“Well if you can beat Suva on their home ground, they can win our ground, “said Swamy.
“We will go back on the drawing board and iron out our mistakes before the second leg on Sunday.
Suva coach Gurjit Singh was not impressed with players back from national duties.
“I am not happy with the way the under-23 players performed. I thought when they returned from the Spain tour they would be better. We will have to work harder in Nadi on Sunday,” he said.
Singh said even they turned up to train just for a day and that could be the factor in their performance.
In the game proper the Jetsetters looked more fit, determined and hungry to win while Suva with the inclusion of Fiji U23 players did not impress much with the side lacking coordination and finishing.
Nickel Chand missed two good chances for the Whites in the first half while goalkeeper-cum-striker Benaminio Mateinaqara and Captain Samuela Drudru missed good chances for Nadi as the teams rested goalless at the break.
Suva introduced Rusiate Matarerega in replacement for Maciu Dunadamu and Sakaraia Naisua came in for Kaliova Tivulu in the second half to enhance their attacking chances while Nadi opted to change players in midfield and sent in youngsters Martin Nasova,Mataiasi Toma and Munit Chand to control play and build up attacking moves.
Against the run of play, Nadi went on a counter-attacking move and Lekima Gonerau was chopped inside the Suva box by Rusiate Matarerenga in the 76th minute.
Referee Deepak Mudaliar did not hesitate to award the visitors a penalty and Fiji U23 rep Napolioni Qasevakatini neatly blasted the ball into the top end of the net to give them a 1-0 lead.
Suva toiled hard for the equalizer but excellent goalkeeping by Vereti Dickson and some wonderful defending by the likes of Ilimotama Jese, Ame Votoniu and Iliki Ravosai kept the scores intact till the final whistle.
Nadi just needs a draw at home in the second and final leg on Sunday afternoon to clinch its first ever Champion vs Champion title while Suva will need to win at any cost by at least two clear goals to stand a chance.
The Teams: Nadi- Vereti Dickson, Iliki Ravosai, Ame Votoniu, Lekima Gonerau, Ilimotama Jese, Iliesa Lino, Munit Krishna, Rahul Krishna (Martin Nasova), Napolioni Qasevakatini, Samuela Drudru (C), Benaminio Mateinaqara (Mataiasi Toma).
Suva- Emori Ragata, Poasa Bainivalu (C), Waisake Navunigasau, Filipe Baravilala, Kaliova Tivulu (Rusiate Matarerega), Antonio Tuivuna, Madhavan Goundar, Nickel Chand, Sahil Dave, Maciu Dunadamu (Sakaraia Naisua), Tomasi Tuicakau.

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