The men’s team under former Socceroo and coach Frank Farina sounded an early warning to Group B heavyweights Fiji and Tahiti that they are not their to make up the numbers butare there to prove a point with 4- 0 victory over the Cook Islands.
Leading 1- 0 at the interval, PNG scored three more goals in the final half to seal victory at Boewa Stadium, Monte Dore in Noulari suburb in Noumea.
Madang’s Neil Hans scooped a double, skipper David Muta and Nathaniel Lepani scored a goal each.
Hans scored the opening goal from a free kick in the 18th minute.
In the second half, the Hekari flanker Hans scored his second goal in a similar fashion.
Muta added another from a good midfield play befor Lepani put the nail in the coffin after a brilliant back-heel from Erickson Komeng.
Farina said he was happy with the players performance. “It wa a team e4ffort that helped us beat the Cook Islands” he said. “It was satisfying for the boys, I thought they perfromed well for long periods of time and I am pleased with their perfromenace,” Farina said.
“The general cohesion among the players was good We just wanted to come here and take the three points and we are happy with the results,” he said.
He also attributed the win to a two- week camp at the Gold Coast befor eheading to New Caledonia.
PNG are on bye today and will meet Tahiti on Wednesday.
In the men’s Group A matches; Tauvalu beat American Samoa 4-0, Solomon Islands thrashed Guam 7-0, New Caledoniabeat Vanuatu 5-0.
In the women’s match Milne Bay lass, Miriam Louma scored the only goal for PNG to edge Tahiti 1-0.
The women could have scored another had skipper Ara Midi slotted a penalty. PNG will meet American Samoa 10am today at the Stadia PLGA.
In Pool B, Fiji belted Tahiti 3-0 and in Pool A, New Caledonia beat the Solomon Islands 3-0.