The National, Tuesday July 24th, 2012
By HENRY MORABANG
SLEEPING giants Mungkas put on a five-star performance to push competition front-runners POMSOE down the ladder with a 2-1 win in the Port Moresby Super League soccer challenge at Bisini Oval on Sunday.
It was Mungkas midfield pair of Adrian Komu and Liam Vincent who made the well-drilled POMSOE look like beginners.
Port Moresby School of Excellence was in second spot but wins by Yamaros and University leap-frogged them into second and third spots respectively.
Mungkas, with good support play from Toru Simoi, Shane Sindra, Kila Leana, Clement Noel and Andrew Marampau, saw Komu and Vincent having a field day organising their players in attack.
POMSOE certainly missed their experienced campaigner in Cyril Muta, who moved to Gold Coast with Sunshine Coast Fire FC in the Queensland State League.
POMSOE coach Wayne Taylor needs to re-organise his team as they prepare for the remaining matches if they want to contest the finals.
David Madai and John Ray have fitted well in the absence of Muta and should lead the team from the back.
Players like Rodney Mobiha was wasted on the reserve bench and came on too late to make a difference, while midfielder Samson Poesi lacked support.
Mungkas, capitalising on Muta’s absence, wasted no time as Komu weaved his way into POMSOE defence to score in the 27th minute.
Lab Embel levelled the score at the 39th minute for a tie at the break.
In the second half, Mungkas, playing towards the Bisini Parade Road, found the net in the 66th minute through Andrew Marampau.
The AROB team had several other chances but the POMSOE defence was on full alert.
In the other matches, University came from a one goal deficit to eventually run out winners 2-1 over Cosmos.
Cosmos’ goal came from flanker Michael Lohai, who blasted a good ball from midway.
Davani levelled the score in the 59th minute and put the nail into the coffin in the 64th minute to win the game, 2-1.
MSL Spartans defeated Defence 2-1, Yamaros thrashed YMC 5-1, while PS Rutz were lucky to force a draw 1-1 against Momase.
The points ladder as of Sunday: PS Rutz 24, VAT Yamaros 24, University 23, Port Moresby School of Excellence 20, Mungkas 21, Cosmos 29, Spartans 19, Defence 14, Momase 7 and YMC 6.