12-1 thrashing
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Sunday, 19 August 2012 00:36


AXED national team striker Tuimasi Manuca scored five goals in Ba's 12-1 whitewash of Nadroga in the Fiji Sun/GP Batteries National Football League at Govind Park yesterday.

Tuimasi was in impressive form showing good finishing.


The five goals was enough to catapult him to the second position on the top goal scorers list in the NFL one behind fellow team mate and leader Malakai Tiwa.

Tuimasi now has six goals to his name in the NFL and is tied with Apisai Smith (Suva), Jonas Naceva (Tavua) and Valerio Nawatu (Lautoka).

Ba's 12-1 win is the biggest recorded in the 2012 NFL super premier competition.

This was Nadroga's second annihilation this season after losing to Rewa 11-0 in the Innk Mobile Battle of the Giants.

Nadroga failed to combine in defence and attack. Ba penetrated through the Nadroga defence using the flanks.

It seemed to be all over for Nadroga in the first 10 minutes as the home side netted twice.

By halftime Ba had already bagged seven goals. EBa coach Yogendra Dutt said he did not expect a weak performance from Nadroga after they had beaten Lautoka 2-1 on Wednesday.

Dutt said their players finished off some good moves.

"We found many holes in the Nadroga defence," Dutt said.

"The boys enjoyed themselves scoring so many goals. I had expected Nadroga to be tough after they had beaten Lautoka. But I don't know what preparation they had done."

"We prepared well for this game. We put players in different positions to see what they could offer. Most of the times, the players were on target. There was a lot of support play."

"We will not let this big win ride on the shoulders of the players. It was only one game that has finished. There are more games remaining in the competition."

Rinal Prasad, Abbu Zahid and Alvin Singh scored two goals each for Ba while Malakai Tiwa scored the other goal.

Ratu Jone Tuinaceva scored for Nadroga.

Ba: Epeli Codro, Alvin Singh, Jone Vesikula, Josefata Neibuli, Marika Robanakadavu, Aisea Codro, Ronil Kumar, Rinal Prasad, Malakai Tiwa, Tuimasi Manuca, Abbu Zahid.

Nadroga: Benjamin Rokobaro, Sanaila Dakaica, Akuila Saukuru, Ratu Jone Tuinaceva, Luke Rewadamu, Sitiveni Watkins, Tevita Khan, Vineet Singh, Wallace Bali, Tomasi Tuicakau, Waisea Tale Junior.


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