The Rewa Youth side has taken a massive lead in the Vodafone Youth League southern zone after defeating neighbors Tailevu Naitasiri 6-0 last Saturday at Fiji FA Academy Grounds in Vatuwaqa, Suva.
The Baby Tigers are now on eighteen points after playing six matches and have booked a spot in the Vodafone Youth League play-offs despite having two remaining matches.
The defending champions started the match with confident and displayed constructive football which gave them their first goal in the 9th minute. Solomon Islander Benjamin Charlie opened the flood gates for the Nigel Khan coached beating the Tailevu Naitasiri defence.
Rewa kept the momentum which saw midfielder Mohammed Naizal striking the second goal in the 13th minute of play while Navau Tikoruku made it 3-0 in the 42nd minute.
The Savenaca Baleidrodroka captained side again proved too strong for the Sushil Singh coached in second half despite going down to 10 men after Sivirio Vuwalu was sent off for violent conduct by referee Monit Chand in the 47th minute.
Rewa kept pressure on the Tailevu Naitasiri defense with 10 men and in the 52nd minute an own goal by defender Viliame Keresi gave Rewa a 4-0 lead.
The baby tigers got their fifth goal from the boots of Amitesh Kumar in the 80th minute while Mohammed Naizal added the final nail in Tailevu Naitasiri’s coffin in the 88th minute.
Baleidrokadroka said they were happy to win the match against Tailevu.
‘We are happy that we kept our unbeaten record despite some of us playing for the senior team last night,” he said.
He said the boys did their best and followed the game plan.
“We have a very hardworking coach Nigel Khan and we also want to win for him because we want to pay him back for his hardwork and I on behalf of my team dedicate this win to him,’Baleidrodroka said.
The former national U16 defender said they need to get back to the drawing board for some of the mistake learnt form the match.
“We are still not perfect we have missed so many opportunities and Iam sure our coach will take us back on the drawing board.’’
He said we played as a team and we got the victory.
Tailevu Naitasiri coach Sushil Singh commended Rewa for the playing their best and victory.
“Rewa is a very good team and we knew we will not match them but I am happy with the performance of my boys because we could not train because of school break,” Singh said.
“My boys did their best but Rewa have some player who have played at district level which gave them advantage because they have experience.’
Meanwhile in the other match Suva youth defeated 8-men Nasinu Youth side 6-2.