Suva retains IDC title |

HLB Mann Judd Suva futsal side has retained the Digicel Futsal Inter District Championship title after beating Pacifika Tents & Mars Express Supplies Lami 4-2 in the final this afternoon.

Lami came into the final undefeated after group stages beating Suva 2-0 but the defending champions showed their experience after coming from behind to clinch their fourth IDC title.

Navneet Chand scored the opener for the Intiaz Khan-coached side in the first minute of play while Ronish Chand extended the lead five minutes later.

Lami was a more dominant side from the two, scoring at the whistle, with a goal from Navneet Chand.
Not only was Lami coming in with some strong defense, the counterattacks from, Nikil Chand and Ronesh Singh kept the Suva players at bay.

Suva coach Vishal Nandan made some changes to his lineup, resting his key players Reginald Singh, and bringing in Vanuatu national Azariah Soromon.

Soromon brought some life to the Suva attack, and with Filipe Baravilala and Shahil Dave, the Whites were whole new side.

In the 18th minute a power kick from Baravilala near the goal mouth saw Soromon drive the ball to the back of the net.

As Suva slowly found its rhythm, Lami started to feel the pressure of going up against the defending champions.

The second-half was the same, Suva kept the flow and it was the Baravilala, Soromon combo that saw the capital side bag their second and the equalizer.

Lami Coach Intiaz Khan made some desperate changes but Suva proved too good with Bruce Hughes slotting in a crucial third goal.

Lami goalkeeper Nemesh Ram decided to leave the goal mouth in an effort to save his side as they trailed 2-3, but this mistake proved costly, giving Shahil Dave the opportunity to score Suva’s winner from the half metre mark.

Nadi finished third place after beating Lautoka 6-5 in penalty kicks. Rewa defeated Ba 8-0 to win fifth place while Tailevu Naitasiri won 5-2 against Rakiraki to finish in seventh position.

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