Laidamon eye Bara


TUSBAB Laidamon will be counting on home advantage when they face second-placed Bara in round eight of the Women’s National Soccer League Northern Conference at Laiwaden Oval in Madang tomorrow (3pm kick-off).
A win will boost the fourth-placed hosts’ chances of a top-two finish but Bara will be aiming to cement second spot with victory against Rachel Wadunah’s charges.
At Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in the Morobe capital, Poro battle Rainy Lae (11am), Morobe Tulips face Pacific Gardens (1pm) and Markham Raings meet visitors Sepik (3pm).
Laidamon will be counting on Sagute Zale, Olive Upaupa, Elian Maniup, Nicollette Ageva and Isabella Natera to spoil the party for Bara.
Both teams played out a draw in their first game but Bara face a tricky task in their first away game of the season. Coach Edna Thomas said they would not take Laidamon lightly despite the visitors sitting higher on the ladder.
“We have prepared physically and mentally for this game throughout the week,” Thomas said.
“We know how fanatical Madang supporters are and they’ll certainly be behind their team.”
Meanwhile, Rainy Lae coach Ishmael Pole told The National that they had struggled since the start of the season as his players were new to the level of competition.
But he said with Lae City’s Joshua Oscar, Alex Kamen and himself working with the team, he is hopeful for a turnaround in the performance of the team.