Lautoka retains Fiji FACT title

June 9, 2024 4:52 pm

The Flick Hygiene Lautoka FC side has retained the Digicel Pacific Fiji FACT title after defeating Oceania Fibreglass Navua 1-0 in the final at Subrail Park in Labasa.

It wasn’t Navua’s day as Aporosa Yada’s pile-driver of a free-kick was headed by Sairusi Naulubu and touched Sunny Deol’s head, and went into the back of the net in the second half for the Blues victory.

Tensions boiled over during the encounter, resulting in Lautoka’s Saula Waqa being given the marching orders by the referee.

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Navua could not capitalize on the numerical advantage however, as they were met by a brick wall Lautoka defence.

Lautoka Football President Shalendra Prasad says despite a slow start in the group stages, the Blues never gave up hope that they would defend the title for another year.

“To the Sugar City fans, the Lautoka side has made you people proud and there were some critics so we put everyone to the wrong numbers, and Lautoka did well and we are happy to have a brilliant team and there is more games and tournaments to come for 2024.”

Meanwhile the President’s Cup title is heading to Bua after the Northerners defeated neighbours Seaqaqa 5-4 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

Both teams were locked at nil-all until the final whistle.

Bua team goalkeeper Timoci Naqete was the hero for the side after he stopped the deciding kick from a Seaqaqa player.