This weekend in the Southern Conference FC Port Moresby have a score to settle when they clash with MRDC Hekari United in the top of the table clash.
They went down 2-0 in the opening round and with that in mind, FC POM will be coming back stronger and with more confidence, to settle for a draw or even a win and push their claim on the second spot.
A loss should see them in trouble waters but could be a superb result for PKA Rapatona who have a slim chance of edging into second place.
They had a morale boosting 2-0 win against Rapatona on Saturday but do they have enough fire power to match an overwhelming side that is at its peak form.
It’s not as if they have had enough practice and the high credential coaching staff…another loss says a lot.
For Hekari, they however need to tighten up their defence which opened up against Erema Gulf last weekend resulting in three easy goals.
And against a side like FC POM, they cannot allow this to happen as it could come back to haunt them in the end.
The likely return of Cyril Muta after a two-match suspension to join Roland Bala, who was in outstanding form last weekend, should strengthen their defence to keep Hekari at bay.
Midfielder Jacob Sabua will be dictating play for their side while veteran Andrew Lepani, who was in control of their game, is expected to put another exceptional display to keep the momentum of the game from the left flank.
If the coach hasn’t learnt the lesson yet, Lepani will struggle again against his former teammate in the pacey Koriak Upaiga.
With the return of Tommy Semmy to join the running hot form of Upaiga, the pair will be hard to contain if given room.
Hekari’s assault will be complemented by stylish midfield duo of David Muta and Wira Wama, who have tons of experience to control their engine room.
For Rapatona it is a big task who are counting on FC POM to lose both remaining games and for them to register two wins against Huawei PS United and Gigira Laitepo to have any chance of making the finals.
It is must win for Rapatona if they are serious about making the finals because it was a dismal performance last weekend.
But hopefully, they will iron out various weak areas and come out strong against Huawei PS United, who are still finishing their feet in their debut NSL season.
In the other match, Erema Gulf FC face Gigira Laitepo in the bottom of the table clash.