Momase women’s champion Morobe Football Association pulled off the upset of the Besta Cup, beating the Port Moresby Soccer Association 2-1 in the final in Lae on Saturday.
The Besta Cup tournament, played over three days, did not have NGI women’s champions, Kimbe Soccer Association, but saw nine teams, Morobe, PMSA and Simbu in the women’s pool, while Morobe, Madang, PMSA, Talasea, and Simbu competed in the men’s division.
In the men’s final, Madang edged PMSA 5-4 in the penalty shoot-out when the scores were locked 0-0 at extra time.
For the women’s final, favourites MFA were matched by the PMSA girls as the game seesawed from the opening whistle.
But it was Papua New Guinea international rep Meagan Gunemba maintained her position in women’s soccer by scoring two goals to help her side, MFA, to a 2-1 victory over Port Moresby Soccer Association and claim the 2017 PNGFA Besta Cup last Saturday.
The 22-year-old captain for the Morobe Football club was aggressive against the visiting the Port Moresby Soccer Association representing the southern region.
Port Moresby Soccer Association was on fire in the opening half when their striker Alisandra Elijah found the target after referee penalised Morobe for a handball.
However, the goal made Gunemba release her wrath and after a minute before half time she scored her first goal to level at 1-1.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, the Morobe skipper found a gap on the left side and after received a curved pass from Josephine Mote.
Gunemba made a stop on her chest then drove towards the visitors’ goal mouth. She had to wrong-foot two defenders then beat the goalkeeper to slot into the target for her second goal. The visitors fought hard in the remaining minutes but it was Asa Sumba (Who says No) all the way.
Meanwhile PNGFA general secretary Dimirit Mileng thanked the associations in the four regions for taking part in the 2017 Besta Cup. And applauded ICF through its brand name Besta for it’s continue support.