In the first shoot out was deadlocked at 3-3 out of five shots and the decider Bara’s second attempt by backs Rose Ben clearly hit the net with Uni’s keeper Linda Bunaga failing to block out.
The Talair compound Lae remained unbeaten to snatch the NSL Women’s Cup away to Morobe Province. The match was deadlocked 3-3 after regulation and extra time scoreless. Both sides were unbeaten and created history in the NSL Women’s Challenge.
Club sponsor and supporter Mr and Mrs Thomas travelled to witness the grand finaland were proud sponsors to back the settlement girls from Lae city. But the entire duration was not that easy as both sides played their hearts out. Bara’s strikers Ikanau Poweseu and Monica Yawas and Ellin Taito induding mid fielders Vanessa Bilei, Ben, Grace Steven and Stemphanie Barnabas had to play over the time against their opponents.
Uni’s Miriam Louma, Miriam Lanta, Tokoe Norrie, Delilah Waive, Deslyn Chalau and Janie Norrie had to push hard all day and were unlucky in their mission. Bara coach Ottie Arttiesaid he knew that their opponents were to strike in the second half and instructed her mid fielders to tighen up in the middle to avoid them from advancing near the box.
“I am very happy with the girls as they had disciplined themselves when our key players skippers Edna John Thomas and Jacinta Langa departed with injuries due to lack of rest. Assistant coach Susan Watpore said: “We were prepared for teh challenge but the delay of Air Niugini flight on Friday from 9am till 11pm and returned to Lae at 12 midnight. And woke up at 3am and off to Nadzab Airport and departed at 9am without enough rest. But we are luckyas girls had to hold on with Thomas and Langa sidelined but the youngers deserved all the praise.
Uni’s assistant coach, Leslie Babaga said both sides played well and had their shcnaces but would not convert it and Bara had to win it on penalty shoutout and they deserve it.