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Toti City continued maintaining top spot

REIGNING champions Toti City FC maintained its supremacy in the National Soccer League with a 7-2 thumping of FC Momase in one of the double headers held at the PNG Football Stadium in Port Moresby on Saturday.

Toti City proved a class above with captain and strike weapon Raymond Gunemba and David Matthew sharing five goals between them in the opening half.

The strike duo, plus Obert (Plesman) Bika continue to probe and pulverize the opponents’ defensive line to score.

The visitors opened first points after an awkward challenge in the penalty area that allowed Gunemba to convert from a spot kick to take an early 1-0 lead. Toti City FC made it 2-0 after a clinical header from Matthew.

Despite some resistance from Momase, it was Toti City who were in control as Emmanuel Simon until injured and Jacob Sabua dictating play from centre for Gunemba, Bika and Matthew.

Minutes later, Momase defender Ivan Sevese failed to clear the ball with some urgency allowing Matthew to pick up his double after stealing and scoring to make it 3-0.

On occasions, Momase came close as strikers Basil Jofari, Theo Sergius and Moses Asirib kept on contemplating on finding the visitors’ target but their chances were thwarted by veteran defender Valentine Nelson and goalkeeper Ronald Warisan.

At times, they took wrong options that denied them any opportunity of scoring. However, it was Toti City, with the Morobe provincial flag flying proudly and vocal fans cheering them on Gunemba, using his speed and agility, maneuvered through a couple of his opponents to score a double to take their lead to 5-0 heading into the break.

Minutes into the second half, Momase pulled one back from a penalty. Sevese curved a shot into the goalmouth that saw Asirib poke into the target. However, by then the damage had already been done.

Toti City continued to lift the tempo in the second half but seemed to be running out of energy and stamina, an area they should concentrate on and try to rectify as they prepare for the OFC Champions League quarter finals against Team Wellington in New Zealand next month. Despite bringing on another strike weapon Nigel Dabinyaba who kept on making rings around the Momase defensive line but he failed to find the target.

However, this time he took his chances only for the shot to bounce of the cross bar but Gunemba was there again to easily slot in his fourth goal and minutes later, he became the provider setting up one for Bika to make it 7-1.

And with minutes ticking away, Ricky Togubai scored for Momase to settle for a 7-2 defeat.

In the early match, Southern Strikers came back from a 3-0 deficit in the opening half to narrow the gap to 3-2.

In Lae, FC Morobe Wawen belted Buang FC 10-1. After the weekend’s games, the unofficial points ladder has Toti City FC on 18 points followed by Madang FC 13, FC Morobe Wawen 9, Besta PNG United FC 6, FC Momase 5, Southern Strikers 4 and Buang FC 0.

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