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Gigira Laitepo Central joints Hekari United on nine points.

The Wesley Waiwai coached side now join champions Hekari United FC in top rung of the competition ladder after the fourth round of the semi professional challenge.

The match which was deferred from last weekend due to the visitors unable to board Air Niugini into the capital city was brought forward to a mid week clash.

The official ladder: Hekari nine points, Central FC nine, Eastern Stars four, Bulolo United four, PNG United FC three, Souths and Tukoko University yet to register a win. Despite Central FC on level with points, Hekari still maintains the top spot because of the goal difference.

In front of yet a very small crowd, Central were given a little bit of hard work to do with Souths backline up to the task but the efforts of Marshall Lori, Padro Ajakopa who worked overtime were little to contain Central as striker and import Reginald Davani found the net in the 37th minute for the opener.

Quick play at the start saw a good footwork by Naime Kepi beating two defenders to easily slam the ball to the corner of the goal mouth was much to the delight of the loyal supporters who came to cheer their boys on.

Kepi’s goal came a minute after Davani’s goal to the surprise of the visitors who were still gathering their acts after the first goal.

Kepi went on to beg the man of the match award despite being replaced in the 84th minute.

Souths captain Ronald Sohuru’s tireless efforts in coordinating play in the midfield landed him two points while Davani got the referees nod for a point for his efforts in aiding his side to another consecutive victory.

Central went on the break leading 2-nil and that was it as they were denied more scoring opportunities from several brilliant saves by goal keeper Jacob Senat.

Davani had two golden opportunities with a one on one situation with the goal keeper yet went begging.
Souths goal in the 53rd minute came from hard trier and former Hekari United player Manta Kavoe to bridge the score line margin.

The visitors had the chance in the 84th minute when Central were left one player short on the paddock when international goal keeper David Aua was given a red card for back chatting the referee.

Reserve goal keeper Joshua Moha had to be brought in to replace Kepi to move into the goal mouth but that was it as Central continued their defence till the final whistle.

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