Lautoka bundled out of OFC Champions League
February 16, 2019 4:54 pm
Action from the Lautoka vs AS Central Sport match
Eight men Lautoka football side finished its OFC Champions League match with a 2-all draw against AS Central Sport this afternoon.
This means the Blues have bundled out of the championship.
The result sees AS Central secure top spot in Group B and Henderson Eels finish second.
Cesar Castilo scored the opening goal to put the visitors 1-0 lead in the first 11th minute.
Samuela Drudru’s shot took a deflection and hit Jacques Wamytan who turned the ball into his own net to level the score 1-all in the 18th minute.
Lautoka’s Bong Kalo received a straight red after reacting to a foul from an AS Central Sport player.
Despite playing with 10 men, Lautoka took the lead 2-1 in the 38th minute as Benjamin Totori broke inside the box to finish past Mikael Roche.
Lautoka was reduced to nine men after Dave Radrigai was shown a red card in the first half.
The Blues played the whole second half with nine men and then were reduced to eight players in the dying stages of the match.
Manuarii Hauata scored in the 60th minute to level scores 2-all.
Lautoka coach Kamal Swamy says discipline cost them the game.
“We wanted to qualify but unfortunately the two red cards in the first half let us down. But still with nine players, we were applying pressure and we got the equalizer then we were with eight men and we got a draw and was a good result but it would’ve been better if we win.”
Three Lautoka players had their names taken by the referee in the final minutes.