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Ba beats 10-men Suva, meets Nadi in final

With over 7000 spectators and dominated by the home fans, the Men in Black played to their vocal support.
Ba, with experienced midfielder Malakai Tiwa out on double yellow card situation, played with shear determination as Avinesh Waran Swamy and Laisenia Raura missed few long range sitters which were cleverly stopped by Suva goalie Emori Ragata.
The defending champions were equally dangerous in attack as Maciu Dunadamu, Rusiate Matarereqa and Madhwan Goundar’s attempts were not on target as both teams were locked nil-all at half time.
It was then the last 45 minutes which would decide who would meet Nadi in the final.
Ba continued with their attacking form putting Suva defenders of Antonio Tuivuna, Jale Dreloa and Filipe Baravilala under pressure which saw Tuivuna ending up scoring an own goal mid way into the second half.
The Capital City boys got another major blow in the second half as defender and national under-20 rep Dreloa getting his marching orders from referee Dina Mani for yet another dangerous foul on Ba’s Laisenia Raura.
Ba coach Imdad Ali sent Abbu Zahid and Malakai Rakula to add more fire-power upfront and the duo got few golden opportunities in front the goal but failed to find the net.
Suva tried tooth and nail to get the much needed equaliser, however the strikers failed to get past an experienced Alvin Singh in defense as Ba came out victors and made their way into the final.
Ba captain Avinesh Waran Swamy said the boys did what they told to do by their mentor Imdad Ali.
“We will now go back to our camp and work on our mistakes before the final tomorrow,” he said.
“To the fans, we know you had been waiting for the past two years, do come out in numbers and support our boys.”
Suva coach Gurjit Singh commended his boys for a gallant performance.
“It was a wonderful performance by my boys and I’m really proud of them for playing their hearts out,” Singh said.
“Unfortunately an own goal and the red card was a factor that hindered our boys.
“Overall, the boys did well.”
Ba meets Nadi in the main final tomorrow which is scheduled to kick off at 4pm.
Meanwhile in the senior division, Navua plays Taveuni in the first semifinal while Tailevu Naitasiri meets Rakiraki in the second semi-final. Both semi-finals are scheduled for 9am kick off at Academy grounds one and two respectively.
Ba Primary plays Labasa Primary in the Primary final at 10am, Kamil Muslim College battles defending champions Saraswati College in the secondary final at 12pm while the senior division final is scheduled for 2pm kick off.

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