MRDC Hekari United FC, lead by captain David Muta won their fifth consecutive NSL title on Saturday after defeating Eastern Stars FC with a prize money of K60,000. The final was expected to be a close encounter but a 10 men Star couldnt keep out Hekari in the second half leading who won by four goals.
It was an even contest until an elbowing incident midway through the finish line. Eastern Stars Fabian Bagi was red careded after a coalition which left Hekari’s defender Andrew Lepani unconcious.
Hekari used their numerical advantage to outflank rattled Eastern stars and pressed home. To Stars credit, they were in possession of the ball in the opening 20 minutes of the match but suffered a noticeable dip in confidence after the ejection of Bagi.
Stars striker Raymond Gunemba also struggled to find his footing coming back from a three week lay off. It was a tie for both teams at nil all when the referee blew the whistle for half time.
In the second half, Hekari looked the more assured side and were not going to watste their numerical advantage.
With the unforgiving Port Moresby climate, the heavens opened up and the going was tough.
Winger Ian Yanum capitalise on that sending a cross which Stars keeper Richard Lapan failed to save for the opening goal. That pushed Hekari to take on the lead with 1 goal to nil. Malakai Tiwa tried his shot from the penalty box to add another goal Hekari’s scoreboard 2- nil. Tiwa tried again but this time Stars Cyril Muta wouldnt let that happen and brought him down.
With the score in Hekari’s favour 3-nil, they managed to add another goal again by Wira Wama to claim the victory at full time 4-nil.