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PNG U19 go down to Manurewa Academy in friendly

The Papua New Guinea U-19 national team have delivered an impressive performance against Manurewa Academy losing 3-2 in their friendly in New Zealand on Thursday night under the 9 degrees temperature.

Despite going up against a team that consist of few A League players, PNG did give their best shot.

It was in the 30th minute when Jonathan Allen scored the first goal for PNG but Manurewa bounced back and equalized before half time.

In the second half substitute, Abraham Allen scored PNG’s second to put them in the lead.

However, Manurewa had a couple of tricks under their sleeves come from behind to equalized and went on to seal the match in the 88th minute.

PNG U-19 team manager Besi Simongi said the preparation looks positive for the team but the temperature didn’t allow the team to put up their best.

“The temperature was the main factor as it was pretty cold that our boys didn’t managed,” Simongi said. 

PNG coach Harrison Kamake said he was satisfied with the result and looking forward for their first match against Tonga on Sunday.

The team left for Tahiti on Monday after spending two weeks in New Zealand.

PNG will play their first match against Tonga on Sunday 5th August, followed by Tahiti on Wednesday 8th August and New Zealand on Saturday 11th August.

PNG is in Group A with New Zealand, Tonga and host Tahiti.

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