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Birthday boy a match winner

Both team locked at 2 all until Yagas’s goal in the 60th minute from a well-placed Niel Hans free kick from the right flank proved to be the match winner in their 3-2 win.

The rangy defender celebrated his 19th birthday with an eye catching goal that was only battered by a Harry Jenkins screamer in the first half.

While the battle was between POM FC’s Lam Vincent, Joshua Niebo, Harry Jenkins, and Admiralty’s Rodney Mobiha, Eliud Fugre and Michael Foster, POM FC power left-footer Niel Hans undisputedly stood out above all.

The Madang man was in superb form take out the man of the match award for his assists in their three goals effort.

The city slickers took an early lead into the first half following a header from former international Andrew Lepani from a Hans corner kick in the 13th minute. Then Jenkins blasted a volley to the Manusians goal mouth eight minutes later from a volley from Hans.

All was not lost for Posman Kisakiu’s men as they pulled back one through Foster lobbing a loose ball over goal-keeper Charles Lepani after Mobiha crashed into him while attempting to connect a cross kick from Roland Bala.

FC POM defender Abel Redenut soon relegated FC POM back into red alert after accidently scoring an own goal in a frenzied attempt to clear the ball to level the scores at 2-2 at half time.

The Port Moresby outfit took control of the second-half despite a glaring opening for Foster and then Mobiha went begging.

Admiralty were just overwhelmed with poor ball control all over the park giving away possession as easy as handing it on a golden plate.

Knowing both had just need a point to win sparks flared with Hans shattering the afternoon sun a Bomana with power blast a points in the match.

Then the breakthrough came from another Hans touch that found Yagas to have Admiralty goal-keeper John Bai in knots for the winner.

Admiralty now remains winless with three draws and three losses at the end of the first round.

In Lae at Ignatius Kilage Stadium Madang FC continues to rise after defeating Besta PNG United 1-0.

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