Hekari stand tall

The team displayed perfect class footy to defeat league new-comers NC Civil Oro FC and claim the outright top-spot in the Telikom National Soccer League ladder after the fourth round, putting the team on the right track ahead of its OFC Champions League campaign.

The Reds wasted no time with Nigel Dabinyaba opening the scoring in the fourth minute of the first half. Then while trying to clear, Charles Paranda from the Stars side, scored an own goal to put Hekari two goals ahead.

A good combination from midfielder David Muta paved the way for Fijian import Pita Bolaitoga, who got the net shaking again in the 16th minute. This laid a stiff challenge for the Oro boys but it was Hekari again who maintained their coordination to add to their tally after a free giveaway goal from Oro FC. Otto Peter potted an own goal after taking his goal keeper David Ako by surprise.

The concluding goal came from master midfielder David Muta who seized opportunity in the 23rd minute and booted the ball past Ako . Opportunities rose for Oro in the second half with a number of avenues for goals presenting themselves but due to the heavy down pour and slippery conditions on the pitch, the first timers were unable to make use of any possession allowing Hekari to take control on the paddock leaving no opportunites for the Northern Province boys.

In the earlier match, super-sub Neil Hans saved FC Port Moresby from embarrassment by heading in a 60th minute equaliser against a fired-up Besta United FC for a 1-1 draw.

Besta scored through captain and striker Jamal Seeto in the first half. Seeto said a draw wasn’t what they had expected but the weather was the cause of many problems on the field so a draw was not bad for the team.

In the first match in Lae, the Highlanders, who hadn’t won a match up till the weekend, finally broke the shackles putting two goals past a luckless Tavur at Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium. It was a third successive loss for Tavur, something coach Luke Muta described as a learning experience.

In the main match, Gigira Laitepo Morobe came from behind to force a 1-1 draw against Eastern Stars FC.

The competition points ladder as of last weekend: Hekari Utd 12, Besta Utd 10, Eastern Star 5, FC POM 4, Gigira Laitepo 4, NC Civil Oro 3, Welgris 3, WNB Tavur 1.

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