Lautoka defeated a 9-man Navua side 2-1 in their opening match in the 2013 Fiji FACT at the ANZ stadium in Suva this afternoon.
Two red cards and a total of 11 yellow cards were shown in the match. Navua striker Apisai Smith was sent off in the first spell for 2 yellow card offences while the Southerners lost Netani Doli in the dying moments of the match.
Navua players Inia Boko, Iliesa Lino, Vineet Chand and Jesoni Takala copped a yellow card each. Lautoka’s Nigerian import Nelson Odaiji, Mitieli Namuka and Isikeli Jeke Keli were also booked by referee Finau Vulivuli.
Skipper Alvin Avinesh and replacement player Ali Anthony scored for the Blues while Inia Boko made one for Navua late in the match.