A tactical change ten-minutes from time handed Lautoka a crucial win against Rewa in their Vodafone Premier League match at Churchill Park this afternoon.
And Lautoka soccer coach Kamal Swamy said they still lacked in the goal scoring department after creating numerous goal scoring chances.
Sekove Finau replaced striker Valerio Nawatu in the 80th minute and five minutes later Moh’d Shazil found the lanky replacement forward who beat the defence with his first touch and placed the ball past Rewa goalkeeper Benito Waqavou.
Swamy said they needed height in defence and this proved the difference.
“There was mixed response from the crowd when I made the change, but the young player should be given the chance and he proved it with the given opportunity,” Swamy said.
“We created many chances but we played the ball in the crowded area where there was already defenders there so we could not make it count. We need to play in the spaces in the danger zone.”
Both teams had created equal chances in either half but failed to convert them into points.
The home team had more goal mouth action in the first half with strikers Valerio Nawatu and Moh’d Shazil causing havoc and even defender Jone Vesikula having a crack with a shot but to no avail.
Nawatu had his chance in the 25th minute after a clever back hill by Shazil but his curler from the edge of the box failed to find the target.
Rewa goalkeeper Benito Waqavou stood his ground well and made some good saves to deny the Blues.
Both teams headed for the break 0-0.
Lautoka has nine – points from three matches while Rewa with the first loss are on six-points.
BenaminoMateinaqara, Kolinio Sivoki,Ilaitia Tuilau, Jone Vesikula, Kavaia Rawaqa, Davew Radrigai, Epeli Rokotuva, Leisari Qalica,Valerio Nawatu,Samuela Drudru, Moh’d Shazil.
Rewa: Benito Waqavou, Lorima Dau, Vuniuci Tikomaimereke, Peniame Drova, Madhwan Gounder, Mitieli Namuka,Taione Kerevanua, Epeli Saukuru, Tevita Waranivalu,Gabrieli Matanasiga, Josateki Tamudu