Hekari FC of PNG beats Real Kakamora of SI in friendly match
Today, both teams will meet for their second match.
Hekari won the match 3-1, courtesy of Kema Jack, Fijian import Tuimasi Manuca and Erickson Komeng goals to put them in front of the visitors, who were in PNG as part of PNG’s Independence Day celebrations this week.
The PNG champions also fielded a strong team as part of their preparations for the upcoming O-League Challenge.
Making their presence fielt were the Muta brothers Cyril (fullback) and David (midfield), their fellow West New Briton Desmond Waluka at the goal mouth, backliners Hugo Kamba of mixed African and Madang parentage, Koriak Upaiga, Benjamin Mela and Enoch Abraham in the midfield and Jack and Manuca in the front line.
Nothing must be taken away, however, from the visitors as former Port Moresby-based players David Taro and Paul Usumae continued to make their presence known on the field by physically leading their unsuccessful charges.
Usumae is the founding coach of PRK Souths when they first entered the NSL competition before he was sidelined to make way for incumbent Jerry Allen, while Taro was with CMSS Tigers Rapatona last year.
The visitors wasted no time in attack when referee Job Minan penalised United’s fullback Upaiga for a handball in the penalty area, which Taro kicked to go one up.
The match seesawed until the 38th minute when ace striker Jack headed a good cross from Benjamin Mela for the equaliser.
Mela is a specialist kicker in the NSL competition, especially in taking penalty and corner kicks, which sometimes caught the opposition off-guard. The same applied in this case.
In the second half, United coach Jerry Allan made sure their goals counted when he instructed his boys to bombard the opposition’s territory at will.
Tuimasi, who proved a valuable buy for Hekari, made sure of a good cross by Mela from a penalty to head the ball into the net to put the home team in front 2-1.
Kakamora played good football with one-touch passes and long range passes across the field but failed to find the net.
Flanker Junior Kluivert, Usumae until replaced by Brandy Bebeni, midfielder and captain Ian Ngahugari, fullback Edyka Maeta, Richard Mama and Huston Ray played strongly for the visitors.
Source: The National