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Labasa win IDC

Labasa took an early lead when their new signing Lekima Gonerau took a long shot in the 6th minute from the left side of the penalty box which bounced in front of the Ba goalkeeper Misiwane Nairube into the net.

The Roneel Lal coached side maintained their pressure on the ‘Men In Black’ and tightened up their defence.

They did not give any space to Ba strikers Saula Waqa, Samuela Nabenia and Malakai Tiwa.

Ba defender Alvin Singh got an opportunity in the second half to equalise, but he lost his footing and slipped in the process.

Labasa’s Ratu Apenisa Anare extended the lead after getting a pass from striker Gabrieili Matanisiga in the 63rd minute.

Ba’s Avinesh Waran Suwamy took a corner kick in the 83rd minute to score their goal.

Labasa coach Ronil Lal said they played a different game pattern in the final because of the wet condition.

“The quote showed a lot of character and I told them to work hard despite the injuries in the team,” he said.

“I tried to motivate the boys every day with different quotes which would bring out the best from them. I told them ‘If you don’t believe in your inner self than you are nothing.”

Lal instructed the players to opt for long-range kicks in the rain and control the game from the midfield.

Ba coach Imdad Ali said the wet conditions affected their game plan.

Meanwhile, in the senior division, Nasinu beat Navua 2-1, Kamil Muslim College retained their title with a 7-6 win against Nadi Muslim College. In the primary school competition, Lautoka beat Labasa Primary 5-4 in the final.

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