Karawa U-17 youth team of Hoods Lagoon in the Rigo coastline was crown the champion of the Southern Conference PNGFA U-17 Youth Festival at Bisini Soccer Oval in Port Moresby yesterday.
The boys from Hoods Lagoon produced a remarkable performance upsetting Port Moresby Soccer Association team two 2-0 to crown the champion.
The raw talented boys from Central Province displayed outstanding defence which prevented the Selan Elizah-coached side from finding the back of the net throughout the game.
Karawa found confidence early in the match as they dominating territory and possession putting Keivali Iga through who tapped past Joshua Mathew for the opening goal.
PMSA regrouped with Kingsford Gai and Ricky Elizah working overtime probing for an opening but Karawa’s Moi Amona and Seba Gima holding the back.
PMSA looked likely to score in the second half with some promising runs by their striking duo Ricky Elizah and Henry Rossi but poor execution to convert their plays into points left PMSA disappointed in the end.
Karawa’s super-sub Pouna Rupa did not disappoint his throng of fans hitting home the winner in the 60th minute to send them into frenzy.
Karawa has several more opportunities but were thwarted by PMSA goalkeeper Joshua Mathew.
For the girls, PMSA orange had to sweat their guts out to hold off PMSA green to win 2-0 to claim the U-17 girl’s title.
PNGFA Acting President John Wesley Gonjuan expressed gratitude to the Local Organizing Committee headed by chairman Joseph Ealedona including the 15 participating teams for the successful tournament.
Gonjuan said players had shown that they had lots of potential and skills to improve to another level.