Hekari Rule

The win ensured Hekari United the passage to OFC Champions League in 2017.

As anticipated both teams displayed a high standard of football befitting a premiership contention which kept the spectators on their feet throughout 90 minutes.

Both teams had an equal share of support in the stands and in the first 10 minutes it looked to be an even tussle but Hekari fans had the last laugh with Red’s slotting five while keeping the Dwellers goal-less.

Lae City Dwellers fans were disappointed with duo Nigel Dabinyaba and Raymond Gunemba failed to at least score a goal in the 90 minutes of play.

Hekari went straight to work dominating play and constantly taking play into Lae City Dwellers territory.

Skipper David Muta with Wira Wama and Emmanuel Simon took control of the midfield and started delivering ball for their flankers and strikers.

Hekari wasted no time in the opening minutes to shock the Dwellers defence, with two quick goals through Tommy Semmy in the 17th minute and Koriak Upaiga in the 25th
to make their intensions known.

Dwellers their best to equalize but the Reds defence defused the threat.

Leading 2-0 at half-time, Hekari went into the second half with purpose and determination to show that they were a champion side scoring three more goals with a hat-trick from Tommy Semmy.

Proud coach Jerry Allen said his side’s performance spoke volumes for their claim on the title.

“This was the result of what we planned,” he said.

Lae City Dwellers coach Peter Gunemba said his boys tried their best but the best team won the game.

The Dwellers have one more chance to restore their pride when they meet Hekari again this Saturday at the Sir John Guise Stadium for the Telikom National Soccer League grand-final.

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