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Thursday, July 12, 2007

PNG National Soccer side beat Solomons' top club 2-1.

Papua New Guinea (PNG) sensational striker, Reginald Davani’s double was enough to surrender Solomon Islands club champion, KOSSA FC at Lawson Tama last night. Davani helped his country defeated KOSSA 2-1 in front of a packed crowd at the stadium.

Franklyn Forau got a late consolation for KOSSA in the 89 minutes, but was too last for his side to come away with a draw.

Davani, a former Auckland City striker in New Zealand, who is set to join Brisbane Strikers end of July, gave life to his side when he opened the scoring in the 52 minutes after a poor first half. This came after his side conceded a penalty in the first half, luckily big goalkeeper David Aua, dived down on his right spot to stop

KOSSA’s Joe Luwi from putting his side ahead. Davani then sealed the game Rwith a neat finishing past KOSSA’s goalkeeper, John Morgan in 62 minutes.
"It’s a relieve," Davani said of his second goal. "It’s good to score in Honiara than other countries in Oceania, because of its big crowd... really support us."
Asked if the inclusion of his little brother, Alex, Mauri Wasi and Andrew Lepani at the start of second half, helped change the game’s tune, Davani said: "Yes."
"In the first half the men are bit nervous because of what they heard about Lawson Tama," he said. "But in the second half the team settled down well and played its natural football."

His colleague, Niel Hans had also shone out in the match for PNG with some slicky movement and scoring opportunities. PRK Souths striker, Kema Jack also got a good scoring opportunity in the game but he headed the ball wide over the crossbar.

KOSSA’s only clear L changes in the second half came from Godwin Bebeu.
Earlier, Samson Wahero should also put KOSSA ahead but his head down for goal was parried away for Aua.

KOSSA's Team manager and coach, Willie Lai could only accepted the defeat after the match. "First I want to give credit to PNG for not allowing us to play in the second half," he said.

"PNG is no doubt had trained very hard to come for this tour."
KOSSA this year take part in the O League against top clubs like Ba of Fiji and Tafea (Vanuatu). "It was a good learning curve for the players ahead of the Regional O League competition," Lai said.

"Loss could be a bonus because we haven’t lost our past 19 games."
Tomorrow, the PNG play their feature game in their international tour, against the Solomon Islands national team at 4pm. Davani said: "He is looking forward for the match."

Source: Solomon star

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