Komara, Strikers impressive


PORT Moresby Strikers and Gulf Komara scooped big wins in round four of the National Soccer League at Papua New Guinea Football Stadium in Port Moresby on Saturday.
After coming off a bye, Komara bagged their third-straight win of the season with a 5-2 victory against strugglers Star Mountain with Gulf now sitting second on the Southern Conference ladder.
The Strikers opened the conference triple-header with a 6-1 win over newcomers Tavur.
Despite falling to a five-goal margin, Tavur were the first to score in their encounter with forward Cyril Roka finding the back of the net seven minutes in.
Tavur stepped up for the first 20 minutes but a lack of defensive cohesion allowed the Strikers back into the contest with striker Pettyshen Elizah scoring and midfielder Riggie Togubai added a second goal for a 2-1 lead at halftime.
A more controlled attack from the Strikers allowed them to dominate possession with goals going to Patrick Aisa, Gregory Togubai, and Godfrey Hari while a second goal went to Elizah for them to grab back-to-back wins.
“We came prepared for this and I’d like to give credit to Tavur, they came really strong in the first 20 minutes and they scored early for the lead,” Strikers coach Philemon Tamari said.
“The win goes back to my men for holding onto possession and following the game plan.
“We’re setting ourselves to be competitive as we progress in the season and I think we’ve done well so far.”