The presence of PNG striker, Zeena Limbai was the difference as defending champions, Bara upset competition leaders, Poro 3-1. The youngsters who had been leading the Lae leg of the competition, gave the experienced Bara side a run for their money before falling to the Bara experience.
The match was an even tussle at the start until the 32 minute when Bara’s Sasha Steven scored the opening goal. Four minutes later the defending champions had another ogal through Limbai for a 2-0 lead.
Bara’s second goal looked to have missed and hit the netting on the edge of the goal but was awarded.
The second half sea-sawed from one end of the field to the other as Poro girls lifted the tempo and took risks.
Bara’s experienced players Elsie Ibabe, Ellin Taito, Edna Thomas and Monica Yawas took adavnatage of Poro’s desperation with Taito scoring the winning goal in a countering movement.
Poro eventually got on the baord in the 91st minute through striker Meagan Gunemba.
In Port Moresby, Mungkas came from a 3-0 down to draw 3-3 against VATS Yamaros at full time and then force the match into extra time which they eventually won 6-3.
The opening half was dominated by Yamaros as Jacqueline Chalau had a hand in the opening two goals. She fed striker Delilah Waive in the opening minutes before getting her name in the scorebook for a 2-0 lead in the first half.
A stunned Mungkas were glad to see the break and a chnace to re-group and plot their comeback. Captain Cathy Horris Salaiau did her best to inspire the Bougainville side.
And the tide started to turn in the second half with Horris scoring the first goal for Mungkas before Yamaros hit back for a 3-1 scoreline.
Mungkas were clearly finishing strongly and bagged two goals to tie the match at fulltime. In extra time, Mungkas ran riot with Fatima Rama scoring three goals to win the game 6-3.
Mungkas will meet regining premieres Bara in the finals of the Ox & Palm Women’s NSL at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae this weekend.