By HENRY MORABANG
GELLE Hills and Gigira Laitepo Morobe recorded much-needed victories over their opponents in the National Soccer League (NSL) matches played at Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae on Saturday.
The Wesley Waiwai-coached team defeated newcomers Besta PNG United (U20) 2-0 while GL Morobe FC managed to beat University Lae 1-0.
Gelle coach Waiwai last night said his boys had to work hard to earn their win.
It wasn’t easy as anticipated as Besta team gave them a good run for their money.
He said Hills were lucky through raw talents from Markham, Billy Pukup and Amon Mackenzie, who scored their two goals.
Besta had several opportunities but Gelle’s defence was equal to task to deny them from scoring.
Waiwai said despite the win, his team have a lot of work to do.
He said midfielder Emmanuel Simon and Vanya Malagian plus stocky striker George Kandakoli had a big future in the game.
“Despite their loss, they are certainly going to improve when the NSL season marches on,” he said.
In the other match played in Lae, Morobe FC stuck with the competition leaders Hekari and CMSS Tigers by edging out the Clifford Wate-led University Lae 1-0.
Morobe team manager Stanley Khana said the boys executed well the game plan that resulted in their win.
“We had to inject the firepower in the dying minutes which resulted in goals,” he said.
Khana said flanker Sammy Hiop received a good low ball from his midfielder Essa Nasa to score the goal at the far post which caught University goalkeeper off-guard who watched helplessly as the ball flew into the net.