The Niugini Tablebirds National Youth Football tournament for U-17 and U-20 women ended on a high note despite the soggy conditions at the LFA (Lae Football Association) Park in Lae, Morobe Province.
After a hectic three days of the tournament, the Tablebirds National Youth Football Championship ended on Friday with the semi-final and final.
In the U-20 semi-finals LFA defeated PMSA (Port Moresby Soccer Association) to progress to the final whilst Lahi edged out Madang to face their sister association LFA in the final.
In the U-17 pool Madang beat Bialla and LFA belted Lahi to advance in to the final.
The finals watched by the faithful soccer supporters saw in the U-17 grand final, Madang, who had displayed an entertaining brand of football from day one beat host LFA 5 – 4 in a penalty shootout.
LFA had to overcome a stiff challenge from sister association Lahi who were the defending champions in the U-20 final to engrave their name on the Niugini Tablebirds Cup.
The tournament was a success with CIS personals providing security. The Niugini Tablebirds Sponsored National Youth Women’s Tournament sanctioned by PNGFA kicked off on Tuesday and ended on Friday with 13 teams participating. The teams taking part are from Bialla, Goroka, Madang, Port Moresby (NCD PSSA & PMSA), Manus, Markham and Lae (LFA & Lahi).
In the U-17 pool games have five teams; Lahi, Bialla, LFA, Goroka and Madang are taking part while in the U-20s there are eight teams participating which are; Lahi, Manus, PMSA, Markham, NCD PSSA, Madang, Goroka and host LFA.
PMSA participating in the tournament for the first time were able to make it to the semi-final againt LFA.
LFA Organizing Committee Member Mr John Peka expressed gratitude to the Niugini Tablebirds for coming on board to sponsor this tournament and also thanked PNGFA for choosing LFA to host the tournament.
The Men’s U-17 and U-20 youth tournament was held in Goroka from 9 – 12 July.