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Rakiraki holds Blues

Rakiraki created a major upset in the Vodafone Premier League when they held star studded Lautoka side 1-1 last Sunday.

The Asaeli Combuta captained side earned their first point in the Vodafone Premier League at Churchill Park.

Rakiraki registered a well-deserved 1-1 draw but the result ended the Blues hundred percent record so after five games.

The Maroons put Lautoka under immense pressure after 15 minutes when nippy striker Zainal Hussein scored the opener after beating national goalkeeper Beniamino Mateinaqara to score the first goal of the match

The home-team failed to settle as Rakiraki put more men in defence playing disturbing soccer.

No one would ever thought for Rakiraki being a newcomer to the Super Premier Division to stop Lautoka’s winning momentum. Lautoka has won all their past four games until the meeting with Rakiraki.

Changes were made at the breather with Zibraaz Saheb brought in for Epeli Rokotuva.

The result did not change until ten-minutes from time when Siotame Kubu, who had a quite game side-footed home the equalizer to the relieve of the home fans and the Lautoka bench.

Lautoka could have earned full points but missed several sitters throughout the match.

Lautoka coach Kamal Swammy said his players failed to find their rhythm and missed out on many scoring opportunities.

“We let ourselves down and I think the players underestimated Rakiraki,” he said.

“We need a lot of improvements in our finishing.”

Rakiraki coach Pradesh Goundar said it was a proud day for Rakiraki soccer to hold an experienced team like Lautoka.

“I believe the outcome of this game will inspire the players to work harder,” he said.

Lautoka now lead the points standing with 13 points after playing five matches.

Meanwhile in the other Vodafone Premier League fixture Nadi defeated Ba 1-0 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi.

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