In Port Moresby, CPL Eastern Stars Football Club outshined Gigira Laitepo Central FC with a 5-0 belting- one of the biggest win by the pharmaceutical sponsored side while in Goroka, home side Petro Souths with the home crowd behind them caused an upset of the round with a 3-2 victory.
The round 16 match between Hekari United and Morobe Mining Joint Venture Bulolo United scheduled for Lae will be played on Wednesday at the PNG Football Academy grounds. That day will also see round 14 washout out match between Central and Tukoko University being played there.
Eastern Stars after their 1-1 draw against a young Besta PNG United side last Wednesday came back strong and all fired up under the guidance of stand in coach and franchise owner Joseph Ealadona.
Solomon Islander David Taro a defender now playing in his new role as a striker continues to impress and this time adding a double to his name in this big victory.
Just three matches into his new position up front, Taro has scored six goals to add to his scoring tally. It was Roniel Igens who fired found the net just nine minutes into the match and while Central looked like they were going to give Stars a hard time failed to contain their opponents as Jeremy Yasasa found the net in the 34th minute just eleven minutes before the half time whistle.
Stars coach, Joseph Ealadona was sent out following an outburst on a decision by the lines man in the second half but that did not deter the stars to run rings around the Wesley Waiwai coached side.
Elliud Fugre extended Stars lead before Taro added his double to seal the match. Taro had earlier missed two clear goals before finding touch. A very delighted coach Ealedona after the match told the Post Courier he was satisfied by the win despite Central not being their main rival.
“I treasured this win and this win is what I have wanted,” Ealedona said.
He was quite vocal about the standard of refereeing adding their must step up for the good of the semi professional competition. He urged those in charge to not to engage very young referees in the competition unless they are ready to take control of the matches with adequate training and certification.