The National , Monday, May 30, 2011
By ZACHERY PER
BINTANGOR Goroka Lahanis came strongly in the second half to record their fourth straight win against Kongo Coffee Warriors 28-20 in Goroka yesterday.
Warriors, who enjoyed an 18-16 lead at halftime, were unable to stick to their game plan in the second stanza; with handling errors costing them the game.
Immediately after the final siren supporters on the eastern side of the field clashed with sticks and stones.
Police fired several rounds of live ammunition into the air in a bid to disperse the unruly mob.
Lahanis utility Chris Hogi drew first blood in the 16th minute for a 6-0 lead.
Two minutes later Thomson Tete bagged an unconverted try further increasing the lead to 10-0.
The Kundiawa boys mobilised and fed the ball to their number one try-scorer Sonny Daing who ended up bagging a hat-trick all down the left flank.
Daing’s three tries and a penalty enabled the Warriors to surge ahead 18-10.
Lahanis forward Nicko Ubile scored under the uprights in the 38th minutes to trail 18-16 down.
In the 56th minute referee Guma Opi awarded a penalty to the Warriors which they converted to further increase their lead to 20-16.
With overwhelming homeground support the Lahanis held on possession and completed their sets and started to exert pressure on the Chimbu team.
This resulted in Tete and Wesley Mohukele grabbing tries and regaining the lead which they did not relinquish.
Warriors coach Hans Kaybing and his Lahanis colleague Peter Danga could not be reached for comments due to the spectator violence.
The man of the match award went to Tete and Hogi.
Lahanis will travel to Wabag next Sunday for round five of the Digicel Cup match and it will be their first away game this season.