The National, Monday April 13th, 2015
By LARRY ANDREW
LAE City Dwellers goalkeeper Ronald Warisan created his own slice of National Soccer League history by scoring a goal in the dying stages of the Round 8 fixture against Oro in Lae on Saturday.
The Dwellers proved to be a class above their hapless opposition, scoring an emphatic 6-0 win to see the Morobe capital franchise consolidate their top-two position in the Telikom-sponsored competition.
In a match dominated in the second half by the home side, Warisan saw a chance for a goal and swooped after seeing dejected-looking Oro players not retreating quickly to defensive positions after a surge into the Lae half.
He rolled the ball out to captain Raymond Gunemba and followed, sensing an opportunity.
Gunemba dribbled down the middle untouched and only had Oro goalkeeper Richard Lapan and sweeper Campbell Miskait to beat.
Gunemba then crossed for Warisan to score a remarkable goal and complete the thrashing.
Warisan said he was not expecting to do anything special or spectacular but saw a chance and took it.
“I was not expecting to do anything like that but I saw the chance to score a goal and went for it and thank God it worked,” an exhilarated Warisan said.
Lae found the going tough in the first half with Oro’s Henry Ronney, Patrick Aisa, Ian Yanum and Gari Moka probing and testing the home side’s defence but the visitors failed to convert their opportunities.
Dwellers may have been off the face early on but their counter-attacking ability was very much switched on when a surge upfield by Oro left them open and the Dwellers quickly turned defence to attack when Nigel Dabinyaba fired a shot at goal, which Lapan managed to deflect only for Lae skipper Gunemba to score the first goal of his hat-trick in the 35th minute for a 1-0 lead.
The second half was all the home side’s as Dabinyaba scored the second goal, setting off the Morobe men, who went on the attack at almost every opportunity as a shell-shocked Oro tried to keep up.
Gunemba picked up his second from a penalty outside the box to give his side a 3-0 lead. He bagged his third goal in the 75th minute.
Two minutes later Dabinyaba grabbed his second to extend the lead to 5-0.
Warisan completed the rout with a rare keeper’s goal.