Ba whips Lautoka with 11-4 scoreline
Ba rewrote Fiji’s soccer history after whipping a hapless Lautoka side 11-4 hiding at Govind Park in their Super 6 clash over the weekend.
While it was raining cats and dogs at Ratu Cakobau Park in the game between Navua and Rewa, forcing referee Boby Dave to call off the match, Govind Park was flooded with goals in both halves as Ba routed neighbours Lautoka with the biggest scoreline in Fiji soccer history.
The last time Ba dished a similar scoreline was way back in the late 1980s when they whipped Lautoka 7-1 at the old FSC Ground in Ba.
But the moment belonged to inspirational skipper and midfielder Esala Masi, who scored six of Ba’s eleven goals.
Luke Vidovi opened the scoring account in the first minute of play. In the 6th minute, Ba was up by two goals from a Masi penalty. In the 13th minute Masi scored his second goal and his team’s third after collecting a pass from Josaia Bukalidi.
The 33rd minute belonged to Lautoka as Jone Vono Junior pulled one back for the Blues to register their first goal.
The celebration was shortlived as Masi scored his forth, followed by a powerful Valerio Nasema piledriver to put Ba up further to five goals to one at the break.
Masi opened the scoring account in the 2nd spell with an early goal in the first minute to extend Ba’s point to 6-1. Masi pulled one back, his fifth and Ba’s seventh goal.
Lautoka pulled one back to trail 2-7. Tuimasi Manuca had his moment and put Ba up to eight goals. Bukalidi also contributed to the scoring account when he scored Ba’s ninth goals. Lautoka pulled two more to trail 9-4.
However, Masi and Alvin Avinesh closed the scoring account after heading in two more in the dying stages of the game for their 11 goals.
Ba now leads the series with 18 points.
In other Super 6 matches Tavua recorded its first Super 6 win with a 2-1 victory over a Solomon Islands dominated Nasinu line-up at Ratu Cakobau Park.
While the match between Navua and Rewa was called off becuase of bad weather.
The highly anticipated Inter District Competition gets underway in two weeks time.