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Upaiga leads Hekari to win

Hekari defender-turned-striker Koriak Upaiga netted two goals in the 4-2 win, which coach Jerry Allen described as a good start for his team.

“I am quite satisfied with the reshuffle I am happy to see Koriak Upaiga giving us two goals, which is a bonus towards the team’s preparations for the next ten rounds of competition,” Allen said.

Hekari opened the scoring when midfielder Emmanuel Simon rounded a corner kick through to Mobiha 20 minutes into the first half.

Hekari were ruthless in their attacks, and had a second goal denied thanks to a last-ditch challenge from Gigira’s central midfielder Mante Baki.

The final 10 minutes of the half saw plenty of action.

First Gigira were awarded a penalty which Ian Yanum converted, before Hekari’s Vanuatu import Barry Mansale hit back to reassume the lead.

Scores were locked once again early in the second half when Theo Sergius found space near Hekari’s penalty box to curve the ball past keeper Chikau Mansale.

In the end however Hekari’s stamina proved too much for Gigira side in the final 10 minutes and Upaiga added a pair of goals to ensure the result.

Allen said the team is looking forward to round two matches next weekend against Posman Kua Aisi Lawyers (PKA) Rapatona.

In Other results from the Southern conference saw PS United Huawei FC defeat FC POM 3-2 and Rapatona win Erema FC 2-1.

In the Northern conference Panamax Lae City Dwellers defeated Goroka Gosiha FC 7-0, Besta PNG United FC 2 defeated Madang FC 0, and Welgris Morobe United FC 1 beat Admiralty 0.

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