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Hekari looking good for minor titles

MRDC Herkari United posted two victories over lackluster Madang Fox to consolidate their minor premiership claim for the 2010-2011 Telikom National Soccer League challenge.

During the mid week clash, Hekari edged the visitors from the flying fox town 3-2 while on Saturday, they book the ticket to their ticket to the O-League Cup challenge for thired consecutive season with an 8-0 thrashing over Madang Fox FC.

Hekri still have an outstanding gaem against Tukoko University to complete the formalities of NSL round.

The outstanding matches resulted from PNG champions’ commitment to O-League last year.

However, it was a one sided afffair on Saturday when Hekari put on a class performance against Madang, who seemed to be struggling whole day. The fitter home side scored three goals in the opening half and another five in the final half to complete the eight-goal-routh- with Solomon Islander, Abraham Iniga scoring a hattrick.

Flanker Esira Tonga continued his good form with the opening goal before Iniga scored the first of his three goals after good challenge from Tuimasi Manuca while his compatriot Malakai Tiwa drove an unstoppable strike for the third goal leaving the Fox keeper Anton Pipi in disbelief.

In the second half, Iniga scored his double while central defender Alwin Singh, Wira Wama and Tonga added the others.

Madang had a clear opportunity fro a spot kick taken by skipper Frank Tulem but Hekari goalkeeper Leslie Kalai was in top from pushing the ball aside. The former University player is pushing for the national goalkeeper’s spot if his brilliant saves at the goalmouth on Saturdayis any indication.

Madang will now go back and regroup for the next NSL season.

In the Womens National Soccer League, University defeated Hekari United by 2 goals to nil to confirm a grand final sot agasinst Bara of Lae. The womens’s match will be played as curtain raiser to the Telikom NSL grand final.

In the other women’s match, Bizprint Angels failed to maintain their 1-nil lead that saw Maxpro PNGIPA coming from behind to force a 1-1 draw

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