The National, Monday 22nd April 2013
By GABRIEL LAHOC
AFTER a week of adverse publicity Besta United rose out of the doldrums by hammering big brothers Gigira Laitepo Morobe United 5-1 in the Telikom National Soccer League.
The Morobe outfit was embarrassingly made to play to the tune of a Besta team without regular coach Bob Morris, who is on duty with the national Under-17 squad in Vanuatu.
The development side at their best under replacement coach Harrison Kamake at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium on Saturday.
All of the Besta goals were scored in sensational style, with Peter Yang blasting in an opening overhead kick from 30 metres out.
Morobe goalkeeper Danny Kali mistimed his jump only to see the float sizzle in the back of the net.
Cooper Ipako, who had hand in Yang’s opener , slotted in the second from the same angle, while sneaky Morobe midfielder Simon Emmanuel capitalised on Besta’s relaxed defence to hammer in their first and only goal.
Despite copping a mouthful from coach John Yagum from the sidelines, Morobe failed to improve.
That allowed Besta to have a field day, with repeated raids into the Morobe goal area.
Tommy Sammy grabbed his first of two goals in the 60th minute, and while Kali was still recovering Donovan Koniel, who came off the bench, scored the fourth goal seven minutes later, before Sammy scored his second in the 67th minute.
Besta, comprising members of the national development squad based at the Papua New Guinea Football Association academy outside Lae, have proven they are in serious contention for a grand final spot.
Morobe’s hopes of winning two consecutive matches in Lae to secure second spot were shattered by the young Besta outfit.