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PNG women end tour on high note

In the first match last Friday PNG defeated Palm Beach Currumbin FC 2-0 and then went on to draw with Brisbane Olympic FC, one of the top five teams in Queensland, in the second friendly on Saturday.

PNG’s third friendly was played on Sunday night, with the side thrashing Runaway Bay FC 9-0 with Georgina Kaikas, Rita Mayang and Zeena Limbai scoring a double each.

To wrap up the tour was a match a against Queensland champion Gap FC yesterday, the PNG women played well early with a goal from Meagan Gunemba to lead 1-0 but conceded an own goal before three consecutive errors in their own penalty area to allow Gap FC to score three unanswered goals.

In the second half Coach Gary Phillips introduced some fresh legs with good combination play between Zeena Limbai and Georgina Kaikas that led to a goal from Kaikas to make it 2-4.

PNG continue to attack and as the game opened up the Gap FC’s quality started to show
in front of goals with full time score 7-2 in favor of Gap FC.

PNG Head Coach Gary Phillips said he was very happy with the overall structure of the PNG women’s game but a couple of girls still need to focus.

“It was good we had plenty of possession and we totally dominated the game with good intensity and ball movement throughout,” says Phillips.

“In our second match even though we did not concede any goals but I was happy with the improvements in our defensive structure which gives the players the confidence in the new methods being introduced.”

“We did create some scoring chances which are always pleasing particularly with new playing starting but again its very pleasing to see the commitment and intensity from the girls over the 90 minutes.”

“I was impress with our defensive structure and organisation which has been our focus in during the three weeks training camp in Lae Academy before playing our friendlies in Gold Coast.”

The PNG women left Australia today for Papua New Guinea and will head straight to a two weeks of training camp at Lae Football Academy in preparation for the OFC Women’s Nations Cup.

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