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Suva and Lautoka meet after 53 years

October 10, 2018 12:30 am

The Suva and Lautoka football teams meet for the first time in a Courts Inter District Championship final after 53 years this afternoon at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

The two cities last met in a final of the tournament in 1965 in Nadi, where Lautoka won 2-1.

It has been a long wait for the two cities to meet in the final of Fiji football’s premier tournament, even though both have featured in finals in recent time.

Lautoka is the defending champion, while Suva last won the Lloyd Farebrother trophy in 2014.

Two of the key players in the two teams say it will be a tough battle under the heavy ground conditions at Laucala.

Lautoka’s Samuela Drudru says they will not let the title leave their cabinet and the Blues will be out to ensure they do not allow Suva to settle in the match from the first whistle.

“It will be a tough one because it’s away from the western and it’s in their home crowd and their fans are here. I would like to urge all the Lautoka supporter to come out in number to support us.”

Suva’s goal scoring machine, Bruce Hughes, will be expected to lead the line and get the goals needed to give the Whites and its fans a reason to smile on this Fiji Day holiday.

“As I’ve said earlier that we won’t take this game lightly but we will follow our game plan. I’m urging the fans to come out in numbers and cheer for us in the final.”

The grand final kicks off at 3pm.

The senior final is currently underway.

You can catch live commentaries of both matches on Radio Fiji 2.