The three Lae based teams of Toti City FC, FC Morobe Wawens and Besta PNG United kicked off their NSL round 8 on a high note with victories over the weekend.
In the double header in Lae, Toti City prevailed over Southern Strikers in a strongly contested match at Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium 3-0, while Besta PNG United defeated Madang FC 2-0
The match in Port Moresby saw Morobe Wawens survived a hard-fought battle against FC Momase to win 1-0.
Unofficially, Lae City takes the lead on the National Soccer League followed by Madang, Morobe Wawens, Besta, Momase, Southern Strikers and Buang on the tail of the ladder.
The Port Moresby’s challenge between Momase and Morobe Wawens saw both teams evenly-contested in all departments, with Wawens’s much better coordinated and well-drilled midfield the mainstay for the side. Wawens midfielder Michael Saun was the man who kept his opposition guessing every time he touched the ball.
With the support of Elliot Foni and Moses Kamakeng, the Wawens engine room gave Momase opponents Anil Passam, Basil Jofari and Moses Arisib a hard time. The opening half could have gone either way when both teams poured out everything they had but good goalkeeping by the two goalkeepers, Enoch Maki (Momase) and Jason Bandi (Wawens) made a difference.
Both teams played strongly with the half-time score locked at nil-all.
In the second half, Wawens came back much stronger, putting Momase in all sorts of trouble up front until Moses Kamakeng break the silence in the 53rd minute.
Momase striker Ricky Togubai with Basil Jofari and Moses Arisib missed golden opportunities to equalise or win the match.
Morobe Wawens coach Peter Seski said he was happy with the result.
“One goal is enough to keep us still in the race against Toti City and Madang,” he said.