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PNG beat Solomons in friendly

After a goalless first half, Solomon Islands scored first from a penalty kick before PNG struck twice for a much needed moral boosting win.

Semmy first caught the attention of Solomon Islands football fans when he was part of the Hekari United squad that toured there for a friendly.

The Sepik lad is eligible for selection for the upcoming Pacific Games.

In the first matched played last Thursday, Semmy scored a screamer that shook the net at the Lawson Tama before the Solomon Islands equalised for a draw.

In Sunday’s match, the Solomon Islands were leading from the kick-off before the Reds striker struck twice to enable PNG to defend the lead until the end.

Assistant Coach Milan Miric said cconsidering the coaches only had short camp and 2-3 sessions with boys, it’s very positive performance, especially second half were our boys picked up tempo and controlled game, which is not easy to do away from home against such a technically good side like Solomons.

“Head Coach Ricki was very pleased with boys seeing them for first time playing in the game. First game together of this group was good indication of what actually this team can be capable of, but definitely a lot of work needs to be done to get things right.”

There is a lot of room for improvement in all lines, we have to go one step backward to get our basics right in order to improve in our games.

The two friendly matches are part of the PNG men’s preparation for the Pacific Games.

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