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Lae Football Association lord it again

The port city’s men hammered Bougainville 7-0 in the final on Saturday.

Soccer fans at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium were treated to the Lae men’s and women’s winning their respective finals.

A beaming Lae Football Association president Toki Mambare described their wins as “given on a golden plate” but was critical of the way the competition hadnot included the country’s major associations.

He lifted the Besta Cup for Lae’s loyal spectators at the stadium.

Bougainville improved from last year by entering the final but never posed a serious threat.

Lae goalkeeper Ronal Warisan was a star, saving five direct shots at goal from the Bougainvilleans led by Jonah Philip.

Lae snapped home three goals in the first half and four more in the second half, with Ian Yanum and Nigel Dabinyaba contributing a goal each in each half.

Lae’s Eliude Fugre scored the opener, Dabinyaba was set up Yanum to score the second, before Yanum ran into a cross from Agi Moses to score just before the break.

The lanky Moses was rewarded for his strong support play on the flanks when he calmly headed in the fourth goal from a corner kick by Yanum, while a rebound off the cross bar from a Dabinyaba shot fell Yanum, who made it 5-0.

Dabinyaba struck his second goal at the end of the third quarter before substitute Emmanuel Simon easily scored the last goal when the Bougainvillean goalkeeper let down his guard thinking Simon was offside.

The Lae men’s and women’s teams each collected K20,000, the runners-up got K15,000, the third placed teams K10,000 and the fourth placed teams K5,000.

At the presentation of awards, International Food Corporation national sales and marketing manager Roslan Wahed described the Besta Cup as a platform to expose talented soccer players around the country and thanked all participating associations and players for making the second year of the competition success.

He vowed on behalf of IFC to increase its sponsorship from K150,000 to see more than the two representative teams from each region taking part.

His call was applauded by the fans and participating associations.

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