Caption: The Esy Kool Nadi side during the Pacific Cup at Sydney United Football Stadium. Photo: ANUSHIL KUMAR.
By ANUSHIL KUMAR in Sydney
Defending champions Esy Kool Nadi bounced back into winning ways after they defeated 4R Electrical Ba 1-0 in a nail-biting encounter which started at 11pm on Friday and ended at 12.20am on Saturday.
The Kamal Swamy coached side came firing into the much anticipated game as they suffered a surprising 2-1 loss to NZ All Stars in their second pool encounter.
Ba, who came into the match high-headed after their 5-0 against NZ Nadroga, also settled well in the game and created numerous goal scoring opportunities, however it was denied by goalkeeper Vereti Dickson as he stood tall under the sticks.
Sensational striker Samuela Drudru made the overall difference in the game by neatly following a through pass from midfielder William Valentine and slamming it at the back of the net keeping the hopes alive for the Jetsetters.
Meanwhile, in other matches played today, Karan’s Suva defeated Queensland 2-0, NZ All Stars outclassed hosts AFFA All Stars 2-1 while Rewa defeated NZ Vatukoula 1-0.
In tomorrow’s fixtures, AFFA All Stars face NZ Nadroga Stallions at 12pm, Suva meets AFFA Sydney at 1.10pm, Queensland plays NZ Vatukoula at 2.20pm followed by two youth games of Under 15 and Under 11. NZ Nadroga Stallions face NZ All Stars in its second match on the day at 5.15pm, Nadi will battle hosts AFFA All Stars, NZ Vatukoula versus AFFA Sydney at 7.45pm, Rewa versus Queensland at 9pm while Ba will battle NZ All Stars in the final pool play of Pacific Cup at 10.15pm. All games mentioned are of Fiji time.