Nadroga Football side ended Tailevu Naitasiri’s unbeaten run in the 2017 Vodafone Senior League at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka this afternoon.
The Waisea Tale Senior-coached side, after an impressive 10-0 win over Tailevu North last week, grabbed maximum points from the encounter with a 2-0 win.
After a goalless first half, the Stallions started dominating most of the play in the second half which saw Tomasi Tuicakau heading over Naitasiri goalkeeper Lemeki Nakuva to put the hosts into the lead.
Tailevu Naitasiri almost punished Nadroga five minutes later as goalkeeper Sakeo Taganeca fumbled with the ball outside his box which was cleverly cleared by the hardworking defender Krishneel Dutt.
As the visitors tried every way possible to get the much needed equalizer, Nadroga’s Taniela Raubula broke the hearts of the mighty visitors as he nailed in the winner in the 82nd minute.
Nadroga had another chance to increase their lead through penalty, however Simione Damuni’s goal was disallowed by the referee Rakesh Chandra. Simione ran towards the ball, dummied the goalkeeper before placing it into the net and according to the FIFA rule, it is regarded as feigning and an indirect free-kick is awarded to the opposing team.
Nadroga president Tiko Matawalu was ecstatic with the win.
He said the ultimate goal is to gain the entry back in the top division.
“We needed this win knowing that Tailevu Naitasiri had been having four straight wins and the fact that we lost to Navua,” he said.
“Our goal is always to get back to the premier division.
“We have some obstacles on the way and one of which is Tailevu Naitasiri as we still have a match with them in the second round.”
Tailevu Naitasiri coach Keni Doidoi said the loss was an eye-opener for his boys.
“Our boys did well even though we lost and hats off to the Nadroga players for giving us a tough match today,” Keni said.
“It’s not the end of the world, we just lost a game and not the whole tournament.
“Knowing the areas we have to work on, we will come back strong in the second round.”
Tailevu Naitasiri still leads the Senior division with 12 points after playing five matches while Nadroga has nine points in bag after four matches.