General Machinery Lautoka football side will need a draw against Ba to win the 2017 Pillay Garments Champion vs Champion series after the Blues won the first leg today at Churchill Park in Lautoka.
The Kamal Swamy coached side heads to the second leg of the Pillay Garments Champion versus Champion with three points in the bag.
This is after a ten-man Blues side edged Ba 1-0 in the first leg.
In a game where many opportunities were created at either end, Lautoka had more clear- cut chances but failed to find the net.
Both teams headed for the break 0-0.
Lautoka were dealt a blow when striker Samuela Drudru was given the red card by referee Veer Singh in the 75th minute.
The home team’s persistent attack finally paid off when they were awarded a penalty in the 83rd minute after Dave Radrigai was fouled inside the box by Josefata Naibuli.
Regular kicker Zibraaz Saheb stepped up and he made no mistake from 12-yards beating goalkeeper Josaia Ratu.
Ba will now try to level terms and secure a 1-nil win or a clear 2-0 win to secure the CvC title.
If Ba wins 1-0 on Sunday then a third leg will be played.