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Rewa 0-0 Ba

Playing in front of more than 1000 fans the Delta Tigers failed to spark at home.#It was a tale of two halves as the Men in Black dominated the first 45 minutes of the match while the Delta Tigers took control of play in the second spell. #Both teams took cautious approach as the Delta Tigers fielded some new players with the likes of Joseph Mishra and Joseteki Tamudu in the starting line up with Amani Makoe with its new role as striker.#Making his debut for Ba, Samuela Kautoga and Shameel Rao combined well with Midfield kingpin Avinesh Swamy in the midfield but lack of finishing and good goalkeeping by Rewa goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau denied the Men-in-Black to score.#Tamanisau stood tall in Rewa’s goalmouth to deny Ba from scoring on numerous occasion, one of which was a free kick taken by Swamy where the national goalkeeper threw his body on the line and made the save of the day. #There was not much seen in the first half as both team went to breather 0-0.#Rewa coach Marika Rodu substituted Tamudu with national u23 striker of Iosefo Verevou and former Nadroga forward Setareki Vola from the start of the second spell saw the hosts apply pressure on Ba’s goalmouth but rock solid defending by Alvin Singh,Josefata Neibuli ,Kautoga,Meli Codro and some fine saves by goalie Josaia Ratu kept the score-sheet clean. #Ba also introduced Malakai Rakula and Sitiveni Cavulagi in the second half to add more upfront but Rewa defenders stood tall and denied their moves.#Referee Amitesh Behari flashed a total of four yellow cards to Rewa and one to Ba.#Amani Makoe, Lorima Dau,Usaia Tadu and Mitieli Namuka and Ba’s Meli Codro were booked for dangerous fouls.#Rewa coach Marika Rodu said ground conditions was a contributing factor for players getting yellow cards.#”It was a tough game with both teams knowing the importance of the game and came prepared. The players played to up to par and it was not a loss of two points but a gain of one point,” he said.#”We are slowly trying to build things up going into the competition.#”The ground was good since it was not a heavy downpour. There were a lot of sliding tackles in the match which could had proved costly with the injuries but it did not happened.”#Ba manager Arvind Singh said the drizzle affected their style of football.#”Ba could not play their style of football since the ground was wet. If the conditions had been dry then it would been a different outcome altogether,” Singh said.#”They played a very marvellous game but we did not have luck on our side. We missed a lot of scoring opportunities. Rewa was equally good.”#Ba has four points after a win and a draw in the competition while Rewa earned a point from a draw after two matches.# Ba now has four points after two matches while Rewa has one point from two games. Ba defeated Lautoka 3-1 in its opening match while Rewa went down to Suva 2-1.#The Men-in-Black will play Nadroga this weekend.#Teams:#Ba: Josaia Ratu, Alvin Singh (C), Laisenia Raura, Josefata Neibuli, Avinesh Swamy, Shameel Rao, Samuela Kautoga, Manasa Nawakula, Meli Codro, Saula Waqa, Samuela Nabenia. Reserves: Kiniviliame Naika, Malakai Rakula, Narendra Rao, Sitiveni Cavuilagi, Misiwane Nairube, Patrick Sarwan, Aisea Codro#Rewa: Simione Tamanisau (C), Usaia Tadu, Lorima Dau, Zameel Hussain, Simione Maikali, Mitieli Namuka, Tevita Waranivalu, Amani Makoe, Joseph Mishra, Garish Prasad, Josateki Tamaou. Reserves: Benito Waqavou, Posiano Kalisto, Shakir Ali, Bruce Hughes, Setareki Vola, Ashif Ali, Iosefo Verevou#

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