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Dwellers hold off clinical United

The show in the first half was dominated by the development team under the watchful eyes of coach Bob Morris.

Led by man of the match and captain Otto Kusunan with support play from Alex Kamen, Emmanuel Yawi, Issac Lalo and Papalau Awele, the Besta forwards caused havoc by testing the City Dwellers defence.

Yawi had an opportunity to net the first goal of the match when Dwellers goalkeeper Ronald Warisan was lured out to challenge for the ball, leaving the goalmouth wide open but his left hook sent the ball rolling off the mark.

The development team who has made big improvements in their last game against Hekari was the better side in the first half as they closed the entire department from the backline to the forwards to deny Dwellers Ismael Kamsili, Obert Bika, Raymond Gunemba and Nigel Dabinyaba from scoring.

In the second stanza, the match intensified as coaches Morris and Dwellers Peter Gunemba gave pep talks to the players, urging them from the sidelines to stick to the structure.

Dwellers the Panamex Pacific sponsored side scored ten minutes into the half to take a 1-0 lead.

The goal was coordinated well from the midfield with Bika dribbling down the right side towards the corner post and sailed the ball past United’s back for John Kitchani to score as young goalkeeper Vagi Koniel who was caught up in the action trying to save the ball but couldn’t get back to the goalmouth in time.

In the double header in Port Moresby Madang turns tables on Oro with midfielder Samuel Kini silenced his critics with a five star performance to help Madang upset pre-match favourite Oro 3-0 and FC Port Moresby hold-off the champions Hekari United nil all.

Points Ladder: Hekari United – 8 points, Lae City Dwellers – 7 points, Oro 6 – points, Madang – 5 points, Besta PNG United – 3 points, FC Port Moresby – 3 points and Admiralty – 2 points.

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