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Crusaders snatch title from Lae’s Poro

The women’s crown had evaded Port Moresby teams for the last two seasons. The women’s title was previously held by Bara FC of Lae Football Association for the last two years.

Saturday’s victory was sweet for Crusaders’ Esther Kurabi, Jacqueline Chalau, Miriam Lanta and Linda Bunaga as they snatched the title away from Poro.

Kurabi sent a note to women’s selectors as she struck twice in the 15th and the 35th minute to lay the foundation for the Northern Crusaders’s maiden victory.

The part East Sepik and Bougainville lass missed out on the Oceania women’s qualifier tournament last year despite very good form but she proved in the grand-final that she is the number one striker/flanker in the country.

Another crusaders goal scored by veteran Miriam Lanta while Egar Teddy of Poro scored a goal to drag her team into the contest 3-1 at half time.

Poro led the firing in the second half, led by Zenna Limbai and Megan Gunemba, the Lae women had the Crusaders scrambling to keep the ball out.

During the continuous raids the Port Moresby-based team lost Elaine Lema, Bertha Yapi to injury which allowed Zonuwg Atia to score to narrow the score 3-2.

Crusaders played safety first for the rest of the match holding on for victory.