The Nadroga football team had to come from behind to hold Nadi 1-all in the first Super Premier match of the Courts IDC at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.
The Green Machine opened the account in the 41st minute through Barrie Limoki for a 1-0 scoreline at the breather.
Both teams kicked off the second half strongly but it was Nadroga captain Tomasi Tuicakau getting the equalizer.
Nadroga coach Joseph Nand says he is happy with their second-half performance.
“We’re coming against a side that has so many ball players, seasoned players and national reps. I’m very happy that we were able to come out fighting in the second half, we need to change our game plan, the idea was to contain Nadi early in the midfield and play the ball, win it and play forward.”
The slippery ground conditions did not help the players as they tried hard to play according to their game plan.
Nadi coach Viliame Toma says there is no room for loses in the upcoming matches.
“It’s really important for us to win against Navua. We have to win these two games, they are ready but we just have to talk it out in camp and tomorrow we will be there again.”
In the second Senior Division match, Nasinu thrashed Rakiraki 5-0 with two goals coming from Nasoni Mereke.
In the earlier matches, Bua defeated Lami 1-0 while Tailevu Naitasiri and Tavua match ended in a nil-all draw.