Topo fired in the only goal of a tense semi-final to send the National Capital District’s Public Servants Soccer Association crashing out 1-0.
The Southern Highlander’s sweet winner came after he had fluffed several other chances to finally bring cheer for the home fans, who had watched in trepidation at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium, in Lae, later Ian Yanum missed a first-half penalty.
The first half was a tense and even tussle, with neither side allowing their defence to be breached.
Lae’s luck turned when the home side won a penalty after a NCDPSSA handball.
But Yanum’s spot-kick was saved by goalkeeper Leslie Kalai.
The second stanza was another see-sawing affair until Topo injection onto the field.
But early jitters saw him let slide several chances to open scoring.
But when he was fed a through-ball by Nigel Dabinyaba, Topo finally took his opportunity to rifle the ball between several defenders and the goalkeeper.
PSSA, led by skipper Erickson Komeng, ably backed by deputy Danny Ling, Nick Ima, and Samuel Kini made a fight of it but time was against them.
The lone goal win was icing on the cake as earlier the Lae women had advanced to the final past Chimbu.
The Lae men will play the winner of the Chimbu-Bougainville game today after that semi-final could not be played yesterday because Bougainville arrived late.
Likewise, the Lae women await the winner of the NCD PSSA- Bougainville today.
The Lae women’s passage into the final was never in doubt as they crushed Chimbu 7-0 in a one-sided affair.
The Chimbu women found greater pluck in the second half, conceding only one goal after trailing 6-0 at the break.
Lae’s goals came from Yvonne Gabong, Megan Gunemba (two), Sandra Birum (two), Pate Mike and Koru Somi.
Chimbu rightback Cathy Samson missed a penalty.
Today semi-finals see the Public Servants Soccer Association women facing Bougainville at the PNG Football Association Academy, while the Chimbu men will challenge Bougainville at the stadium.
Both matches will kick-off at 3pm, with organisers calling on soccer fans to show their support at both venues.