Gabriele Matanisiga: Rewa’s hero at IDC opening day

The opening day of 2020 Inter-District Championship was a very exciting one and the breathtaking clash between Lautoka and Rewa summarises it perfectly. Despite not having a bright season, Lautoka showed that they can be a competitive side against the Delta Tigers.

Lautoka opened the scoreboard in the 15th minute with a goal scored by Sitiveni Cavuilagi after a quick counter attack. Despite all efforts, Rewa could not find the net to equalize and then head coach Marika Rodu decided to make some changes.

The Bluez were keeping their advantage as the match was coming to its end. Cavuilagi had the chance to score his second goal but his shot sailed over the crossbar. On the other hand, Rewa’s Setareki Hughes had a huge chance to score from the penalty spot but it was saved by the keeper. Despite that, the Delta Tigers did not give in as Marika Rodu kept shouting out the instructions from the sideline. Rewa’s efforts paid off as Gabriele Matanisiga found the net to equalize in the final minute of the game. At the final whistle, the score was an 1-1 draw.

Matanisiga scored in the final minute to save Rewa from losing

The clash against Lautoka was a very difficult one to Rewa. The Delta Tigers now have to focus on today’s match against their biggest rivals Suva in order to keep fighting for a spot in the semi-finals. You can check more information about 2020 Inter-District Championship by clicking here.

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