FC POM were held to a 1-1 by Madang and Oro finally have something to smile about with the only goal of the match from Jacob Sabua to beat Admiralty 1-0 at the Bomana Correctional Services Training Oval on Saturday.
Oro’s new signing Ian Yanum took on the leadership role well and looks to be settling in well. FC POM had the match in the bag and much sought after winning points there for the taking.
After leading 1-0 from a Felix Bondaluk goal in the first half and looked to dictate terms for most of the match, the tide changed at the death with crucial changes proving to work against them.
The inclusion of former internationals Andrew Lepani and Reginald Davani in the final quarter to steady the ship, back-fired on Coach Robert Popat.
It may have been wiser to maintain the status quo as Madang’s fresher legs in Eluida Pohei and Gerrad Lashel poked and probed into injury time to level the score. Lashel headed in the goal from a cross from the right flank.
FC POM goal-keeper Charles Lepani had a great game until then, as the latter pressed with mounted pressure on a weary defence line headed by Cyril Muta and Roland Bala.
Madang in fact should have levelled the match earlier and gone for the killer blow had Captain Max Sengum not missed a penalty.
In the match over in Lae Hekari remains undefeated with a 2-1 win over second placed Besta PNG United FC at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium on Saturday.