The Women’s National Soccer League (WNSL) season kicked off on Saturday, December 3 with a total of eight teams in contention.
In Port Moresby the opening match of the day featured Hekari Wantoks and newcomers VATS Yamaros. VATS Yamaros proved too strong for the Wantoks defeating them by one point to nil.
Both sides had created good goal scoring opportunities but it was Yamaros striker Delilah Waive who netted the only winning goal of the match in the tenth minute when her strike from outside the penalty box found its way into the back of the net.
Yamaros kept their cool despite Hekari’s late surge and held on to their one point advantage to claim their first win in the women’s semi-professional competition.
In the other match of the day, last year’s runner-up Uni Inter FC was narrowly defeated by NCMS Mungkas by 2-1.
In the Lae women’s matches, Bara defeated Wau 4-1 while new kids on the block, Poro brought PNG Power down by 2 goals to 1.
Mungkas managed to stay calm in the opening ten minutes when Uni Inter, led by Deslyn Siniu staged a constant offensive surge. Mungkas’ tight defence proved to be essential as they slowly gained momentum in the match.
Ramona Morris finally found a breakthrough in the 44th minute when she pounced on a lose ball and comfortably guided it into the back of the net. Mungkas’ second goal came in the 72nd minute courtesy of a strike from substitute flanker Lydia Barnabas.
Uni managed to pull a goal back in the 85th minute when Deslyn Siniu’s strike from outside the penalty box bounced over the head of the Mungkas goalkeeper and into the net.
WNSL co-ordinator Simon Koima expressed his satisfaction of the opening matches and was optimistic of a good competition for this season. He encouraged all teams to train well and to perform to the best of their abilities to help improve the standard of the game in the competition.
“It is good to see the new teams win as it will now throw the season into an open competition,” said Koima.
He also advised the old teams from last year not to underestimate the new teams as they mean business and they will be out in full force to prove that they are capable of playing in the Women’s Soccer League.