Besta had a lot of chances to score but their general play was compounded by the stubborn defence of Oro’s backline and clear man of the match Richard Lapan in the goal mouth, who made several telling saves.
Both teams were held scoreless in the first half but the game swayed precariously midway into the second half after punishing attacks from Oro’s replacement striker Patrick Aisa down the left flank.
Aisa’s onslaught soon found match referee Noah Kusunan in a tight spot after awarding a penalty to Oro in the penalty box after Besta’s goal-keeper Gibson Jimmy looked to have purposely stuck out his right foot to either trap or fend himself from Aisa’s late challenge.
Aisa was closing in fast on the Besta goalmouth following a cross from Max Mende but was caught out by Jimmy who held up his foot to protect himself catching Aisa awkwardly.
Kusunan came under the spotlight from PNGFA development franchise players who couldn’t believe the decision he made.
Mende confidently swept the ball into the corner to take a handy 1-0 lead from the penalty spot. Play continued without much highlights as both teams struggled to find an inspiration to spark the match.
Sabua who later came in for Kohu Liem, brought in fire into the game with his slick footwork and his combination along with Aisa proved the highlight.
He sparked a late attack and scored the sealer after catching Besta skipper Otto Kusunan off guard.
Besta tried hard through Papalau Awele, Alex Kamen, Emmanuel Yawi and Freddy Steven but Oro defenders in Junior Sasu, Frank Tulem and Richard Lapan held the fort till the final whistle.
In the first game, Hekari’s Tommy Semmy continued his scoring form with a goal in the 87th minute while Emmanuel Airem scored a double in the 13th and 75th minute to defeat Admiralty 3-0.
While in Lae, Madang went prepared to take down Lae City Dwellers but a Nigel Dabinyaba header in the final half broke the 2-2 deadlock to win 3-2.
The NSL will go for a break this weekend and resume on April 4 with Madang play host to FC Port Moresby at Laiwaden Oval.
While in Port Moresby, Admiralty play Oro, and Hekari United meets Besta PNG United also in Port Moresby.
Points Ladder after round 9
1. Hekari United 20 points
2. Lae City Dwellers 16 points
3. FC Port Moresby 12 points
4. Oro FC 9 points
5. Madang FC 8 points
6. Admiralty FC 6 points
7. Besta PNG United FC 4 points