Gigira beat the champions 1-0 at the Sir Ignatius Kilagi Stadium in Lae on Saturday. Lae played host to a rare tripple header after the Petro Souths/ NBS Tukoko University match was moved Goroka to Lae.
This match ended in a goalless draw and was described by former player Graham narakopu as very dull and not fiiting for NSL standard.
In the first match, Jamal Seeto raced away to be the leading goal scorer in the NSL after he netted a hatrick against the visiting Madang Fox. Seeto’s goals in 7th and 10 th minutes had Besta PNg United up by 2 and Nigel Mani gave tem a 3-0 buffer at the break.
Seeto scored hos hatrick at the 54th minute mark and Alwyn Shaddrack mae it 5-0 beafore consolations goals from Fox striker Frank Tulem.
Gigira striker Nico Mani sent the home crowd at the Sir Ignatius Kilagi stadium, into a raptuorous roar when he beat the Hekari defence and slid the ball past advancing Hekari keeper Godfried Baniau at the 68th minute mark of the game.
Hekari had no excuse, despite missing midfield maestro David Muta, they had the arsenal and could not convert their chances into goals.
Striker Kema Jack was a heavily marked man and when he had his opportunities, could not find the back of the Gigira net.
Gigira goalkeeper and man of the match Pascal Sogadi was brilliant and kept his side in the game with brilliant saves.
He tipped over the bar, a Jack header at close range and couple of thundering volleys from Neil Hans from the left flank.
Sogadi made about 10 saves and Mani turned those saves into one golden point.
Gigira central midfielder Eliud Fugre, turned defence into attack when he pounced on loose pass from the Hekari defence andf sent a good through ball and Mani used his pace to beat Alwyn Singh and Andrew Lepani. Baniau saw the danger raced up to block Mani, but the Gigira striker cleverly slid the ball past the advancing Hekari keeper into the open goal. Defender Valentine Zetura nearly made it 2-0 when he rounded the defence and received a nice pass from Sammy Hiob, but Baniau dived left and blocked off his shot. From there Hekari mounted attacking raids into the Gigira goal to find the equaliser but the Gigira defence led by captain Goroba Tawa, Hans Mambare and Zetura denied them the equaliser. Lae Football Association president Toki Mambere described the win as David killing Goliath