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Tavua survives

The Tavua football side defeated Dreketi 1-0 in their final Vodafone Premier League fixture to remain in the top level on Sunday at Garvey Park in Tavua.
Midfielder Moshin Khan was the hero for Nasir Ali coached side after the scored lone goal in the 20th minute of play with a volley just outside from the penalty box which gave Tavua fans to celebrate.
The high tensed match for the survival in the top division was thrilling and exciting as Tavua was backed by the home crowd.
Both teams matched evenly but the northerners were unlucky to score goals after creating some opportunities in both halves with Tavua defenders standing strong.
The match saw six yellow cards and a red card shown by referee Ravitesh Bihari.
Dreketi’s Sisa Valesua, Shoel Khan,and Apisai Sesewa saw yellow while Akeimi Ralulu was sent off for double booking, Tavua’s Pauliasi Natikibau, Semi Vakatalai and Kasim Khan also went on Bihari’s book.
Tavua coach Nasir Ali was delighted after the win.
“I am really proud today (Sunday) as all hard work paid off and hats off to the players for giving their best shot in this crucial match and keeping the game plan,”
Ali said he had lot pressure before the match but was delighted after the victory.
“We had a lot pressure playing team such as Dreketi who had much more experience players than us but we are happy that we survived in the top level.”
“This was our first year in the Premier Division after four years and the hard work will not stop here, “said Ali.
Ali commended his young brigade for the hard fought.
“We have all unknown players in our team after coming in the top level after four years and remaining in Premier Division is a huge achievement for us.”
Dreketi coach Roneel Lal said they unfortunate to leave the premier division and said there was lack of preparation time to prepare the side.
“It is a sad day for Dreketi football,”he said.
“I could not do much because I took over just two weeks ago to assist them,”
He congratulated Tavua and wished them best in the premier division.

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