Besta upset the champs

Undisputed champions Hekari FC tasted their first defeat of the season, going down to a well drilled Besta PNG United FC side 2-1 at Bomana Correctional Service oval, outside Port Moresby.

In another upset, third-placed Port Moresby FC were tamed by home team Madang FC 4-2 in front of a vocal crowd at the Laiwaden Oval.

But the losses do not affect their standing in the competition ladder with Hekari maintaining its top spot and FC Port Moresby on third but the race is for the top four placings is open.

However the loss for Hekari means something for the country’s champions as they leave today for Fiji for the OFC Champions League.

Hekari’s winning spree had to be dented by a more coordinated Besta side with bulk of its players returning from the national U23 side’s friendly match in Solomon Islands last week.

Besta’s two goals came from penalty goals by Freddy Steven in the first half and a clincher in the second half.

Hekari’s danger man and striker Tommy Semmy scored for the boys in red but he left the field prematurely due to a head injury he received while attempting another goal.

In the other double header Admiralty FC drew with Oro FC 2-all in a match that could have gone either way with Oro FC’s captain Ian Yanum taking out the man of the match.