PRK Souths draw with SI under 20 Soccer team
Playing infront of the local crowd and under flood lights, they pressed forward early and were the first to get into the scoresheet.
Solomon Islands international Jack Samani made sure his club go away with something when he tipped into the back of the net a rebound. An initial shot at goal was parried away by Solomon Islands No.1 keeper Shedrick Ramoni but his clearance fell into Samani's path for an easy opening goal.
But the goal brought life into the Solomon Islands youth team who stepped up their raids into the PNG territory. Judd Molea led his charges as they pressed their opponents back into defensive mode.
Junior Manebona who only a week earlier was one of the leading goal scorers in the Unity in Sports national soccer championship was again at hand to tap in the equaliser. But it was Molea who delivered the vital cross from the right side of the Western end of Lawson Tama. He had danced his way through the defence line before unleasing a shot across the face of the goal for Junior Manebona to score.
As if that is not enough, Molea who set up the earlier goal scored from the penalty spot after he was brought down inside the 18 yards box. Going into half time break with a 2-1 goal margin, the U20 side were a little complacent when the match resumes.
A revamped PRK Souths came back more determined and was able to cancel out Solomon's goal in the first few minutes to bring back some respect into their camp. From then on it was anybody's game as both teams searched for the winner. Chances went begging for both teams and at the end they had to accept a draw.
But for PRK Souths, it was a positive buildup towards their franchise league. They had decided to come to Solomon Islands because of the standard and quality of football here. Club patron John Natto says this is just the beginning and assured of another visit next year. He says he is prepared to sign on other players from Solomon Islands to play for his club.
source: SIFF News