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Toti Delivers Madang’s Baptism of Fire

Defending champions Toti City FC has maintained its winning run in the National Soccer League challenge after recording another 7-2 thrashing of Madang FC in front of a capacity crowd that packed the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae, Morobe Province on Saturday.

The victory sees Toti become outright leader in the competition.

There was also a minute of silence before the kick off in respect of Madang FC’s Emmanuel Airem’s father who passed away recently.

In the opening match, FC Morobe Wawens showed their class after defeating Buang FC 2-1 to register its first win in the competition.

However, it was the second encounter between Toti City FC and Madang FC, both sides representing PNG at the OFC Champions League next month that had much to be desired, especially on the part of the visitors.

Solomon Islands import Tutizama Tanito got himself on the scoresheet when he scored from a penalty after the visitors were caught for a handball. Toti City FC coach Peter Gunemba said yesterday that they were expecting a tough encounter against the visitors.

“I was not really expecting anything big from the boys. Just the usual… I just wanted to go out and play their game and they performed to expectation against (I would say) a better opponent. So that’s exactly what they did,” he said.

The game between Toti City and Madang FC never reach any great heights as the home side continued to dominate against their opponents in all departments.

Midfielder Emmanuel Simon, who was later named the player of the match, was in stunning form creating most of the chances for strikers Raymond Gunemba and Nigel Dabinayaba.

They contributed two goals each to their win.

However, it was Madang who struck first in the opening five minutes through Vanya Malagian to take an early 1-0 lead.

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