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Nadi thumps Rewa, moves to second spot

The Jacks Nadi football side put up a grand performance as they recorded an impressive 6-1 victory over Rewa in the Vodafone Premier League clash at Prince Charles Park on Sunday.
It took only two minutes for the Jetsetters to get onto the score sheet as deadly striker Rusiate Matarerega, who is back in the country, rifled-in from outside the Rewa box to give the hosts an early lead.
Two minutes later, Christopher Kumar doubled the lead for Nadi as Rewa defenders failed to clear young Tito Vodowaqa’s cross from the right flank.
Captain Ame Votoniu gave Nadi a comfortable 3-0 lead in the 10th minute with his powerful header following Kumar’s corner kick.
In the dying stages of the first half, Jeshal Kumar walked his way into the Rewa box however he was brought down by Abhishek Deo just as he was about to take a shot at goal. Referee Ravitesh Behari did not hesitate to award Nadi a penalty kick.
Matarerega successfully converted and gave the hosts a 4-0 lead at the breather.
The Pranesh Amarsee-coached Jetsetters, assisted by Viliame Toma and Nadeem Mohammed, continued from where they left in the first half as Matarerega got his hat-trick in the 51st minute taking advantage of a defensive blunder.
Rewa’s Anish Khem pulled one back to get the Delta Tigers onto the score sheet.
However, Matarerega’s classical finish in the 88th minute from a 30-yard direct free-kick sealed the win for the Jetsetters.
Coach Amarsee was happy with his young brigades who are led by the three experienced reps Matarerega, Votoniu and goalkeeper Vereti Dickson.
“Looking at the score, it looks very healthy,” Amarsee said.
“As I said we are building a very young team and a lot of work still needs to be done because we have tough matches coming up.
“We will go back to our training sessions and work even harder.”
He said they have another tough battle against Labasa in the North.
“Next we will have to prepare for Labasa.
“Labasa is always tough in its home ground.
“We will work our ways out to battle them this weekend.”
Nadi, after playing three matches, climbs to the second spot on the points table with six points while Rewa remains at the bottom with three points after playing four matches.

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