With the three points Hekari is now placed comfortably on 25 points while Besta PNGFA United has moved to outright second with 20 points after registering a point from a 2-all draw against NBS Tukoko University at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae.
Stars are pegged at 19 points while Gigira Laitepo remains at 16 points round off the top four teams leading into the finals.
MMJV Bulolo United did no harm to their chances to creep into the finals by humiliating Petro Souths 5- 1.
In Port Moresby, Hekari United trusted marksman Kema Jack who struggled to find the net consitently this season, found space this time with a 6th minute opener to put the defending NSL champion, ahead 1- nil.
Fijian Taniela Waqa made it a double for Hekari 15 minutes later. It was not until the 26th minute that Stars fought back with a header from Solomon Islander Timothy Joe to trail 2- 1 into the break.
In all, the game billed the match of the round lived up to tits expectations as referee Job Minan dished out three yellow cards and a red card to Stars attahcking midfielder Andrew Marampau last in the game.
Fijian Pita Bolatoga, who will surely be missed by Hekari in the all important O- League game next month against Vanuatu’s Armicale , put a trademark screamer from 40 meters that whistled past Star’s goalkeeper Gure Gabina as he watch helplessly as the ball shot straight into the net.
The score sheet could have been embarrassing for Joseph Ealadona’s side with their opornents missing few chances while Stars Pascal Wojem’s clear chance at Hekari’s unguarded net in the second half was blocked by Bolatoga’s desperate lunge that parried that ball off the mark.
Goal scorer turned saviour in the matter of minutes, the Fijian back was caught in the groin area courtesy of Marampau that resulted in the Stars player’s send- off