Both teams worked hard to see who scored the opening goal in cold and wet conditions at Perry Park. With strong defense from the two sides, all the attempts to scoring were unsuccessful and the score remained at nil all at half time.
However in the second half, Reggie Davani’s powerful legs made it possible when he netted the opening and also the winning goal of the team. The Brisbane Strikers could not find any gaps to score the equalizer with PNG side keeping a tight backline for the team. PNG maintained their game format right through the remaining minutes to maintain their unbeaten run so far.
Head Coach, Frank Farina is happy with the progress of the team. “The results in Noumea however are the important ones,” says Coach Farina.
The women side came up against Australian champions the QAS. Missing a number of key players who did not play due to injury the PNG girls worked hard but conceded 3 goals close to half time to go into the break fighting an uphill battle.
The second half continued in the same vain, however the PNG girls continued to battle against the vastly superior physically dominant QAS side and a further 2 goals secured a 5-0 win for the home team.
The final games for both sides were cancelled on Tuesday due to a waterlogged pitch following torrential rain that swept across SE Queensland in the previous 24 hours, ending a month without rain.
The teams now depart for Noumea on Thursday with their opening games on Saturday in the Pacific Games.