Besta FA Cup took place in Port Moresby and Lae respectively over the weekend where representatives from the four regions flew in to the two main centers for the playoffs. Kimbe women and host team, Lae Football Association kicked off the programme in Lae where LFA women walked over Kimbe with a 3-1 score
While LFA men also came from behind to defeat Bougainville 2-1. Scoring the opening goal ten minutes into the first half, the away team was confident they were most likely to surprise the home side with the pressure they were putting on their opponents and LFA proved them wrong when they equalized. This followed by their second goal to win the game over Bougainville, 2-1.
In Port Moresby, the games kicked off with Wabag and Southern Region’s PSSA taking the field in the women’s semis in a very challenging match. Wabag would have scored the opening goal in two minutes into the game but was well saved by PSSA keeper. Pressure started mounting when PSSA realized the Highlands girls were not giving in easily. PSSA frontline made sure the Wabag girls don’t pass on easily and pushed on harder. That eventually led to their opening goal in the 26th minute when captain Bertha Yapi sent the ball straight passed the Wabag keeper.
Wabag women made several attempts and finally equalized when a free kick was awarded to them for a foul by PSSA just before half time. Score was equalized at 1 all when went out for the half time break.
The second half was dominated by PSSA in possession of the ball and team Wabag could not get their chance. The game was getting tougher, with both sides making unsuccessful attempts. The second goal came from PSSA in the 64th minute which was then followed by the third and final goal to claim the victory over Wabag 3- 1.
In the men’s semi finals, it would have been the away team to qualify for the finals after scoring the opening goal by Andrew Apo but the Port Moresby could not let that come easily and came from behind to snatch a 2-1 victory to qualify for the finals which will be held in Lae this weekend.
Meanwhile, Four teams including New Britain Palm Oil, Madang, LFA and LSSS went through a three day Tournament where the two teams from Lae made it through on Thursday but due to daylight, the finals was postponed to take place as the curtain raiser to Besta FA Cup on Saturday.
Lae Football Association made it through in the finals trashing Lae Secondary School Soccer with a 4- 2 lead.