Vodafone Premier League: Sleepless nights ahead for Navua

Navua’s Brian Charitar launches an attack against Lautoka during their Vodafone Premier League match at Churchill Park in Lautoka today. Picture: SHIRAZ KASIM

Lautoka came from behind to beat a resolute Navua outfit 3-1 win at Churchill Park, Lautoka, in the second-last round of the 2020 Vodafone Premier League match today.

The hosts made a slow start and suffered an early scare when Navua’s talented attacking mid-fielder Manav Permal scored the opener with a blinder in the 32nd minute of the first half.

The Koromakawa Rentals and Tours-sponsored Navua football team led 1-0 at the breather.

The hosts equalised in the 48th minute from a header from an unmarked Jone Vono and extended its lead from an Aporosa Yada screamer in the 58th minute.

Dave Radrigai made sure of the win when he slotted in a penalty kick in the 78th minute, after striker Samuela Gavo was brought down by Navua’s goal-keeper Josaia Ratu.

A dejected Koromakawa Rentals Navua football team’s head coach Mohammed Shafeel is confident of a positive result in next week’s decider against Nasinu in the last round of premier league football matches.

Lautoka XI: 23. Viliame Tabucala (GK), 19. Epeli Rokotuva, 4. Kolinio Sivoki (C), 2. Sekove Finau, 5. Epeli Leiroti, 9. Raj Pillay, 7. Dave Radrigai, 3. Zibraaz Sahib, 11. Edward Aaron, 10. Samuela Gavo and 16. Jono Vono.

Navua XI: 22. Josaia Ratu (GK), 18. Mathew Charitar, 15. Vinal Prasad, 14. Brian Charitar, 10. Vinit Chand (C), 13. Mosese Baleinaqaqa, 12. Isake Naduvu, 6. Thomas Dunn, 9. Apisai Smith, 25. Suliano Masidoli and 11. Manav Permal.

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