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Fiji FACT semis set

Labasa celebrate a goal during their win over Ba. Photo Credit: Fiji FA Media

UPDATE: These semi-final matches have been delayed until Saturday, December 5 due to unplayable pitch conditions at Subrail Park last weekend.

The semi-finalists have been found in Fiji’s Football Association Cup Tournament (FACT) following some exciting fixtures in pool play.

Labasa were the story of Group A as they beat Ba FC 3-1 in their final pool encounter in front of their home fans at Subrail Park on Thursday.

A double from Ilisoni Lolaivalu and a second-half strike from Ratu Anare sealed the win for the Babasiga Lions as they grabbed their spot in the semis.

Labasa coach Ronil Lal said his side played with a lot of pressure on them as they were eager to please their home crowd.

“The positive thing was they managed it and the result is there,” Lal told the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation after the game.

Their semi-final opponents on Saturday will be this year’s Vodafone Premier League champions Suva.

“Another tough game,” Lal said. “We’ll have to go back to the drawing board and see what we can do. We have played Suva twice in the league this season and lost both of the games and I know Suva is a very strong side with a very strong squad but again, it’s all about planning.”

Suva, FACT champions in 1995 and 2012, topped Group B with two wins from their three matches.

Saturday’s first semi-final will see Group A winners Rewa FC tackle Nadi FC.

Rewa won this year’s Battle of the Giants competition and have three FACT titles, which they earned in 2011, 2017 and 2018.

The Delta Tigers went through pool play unbeaten scoring 12 goals in three matches and conceding only one. They beat Nasinu 7-0 in their final group game.

Nadi finished second in Group B on goal difference as they edged Lautoka FC to to grab their spot in the final four.

The Kamal Swamy-coached Nadi are five-time FACT champions and have also finished as runners-up on three occasions. They beat Navua 4-1 in their final pool game to ensure they stayed alive in the competition.

The FACT final is scheduled to be played on Sunday.

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