Northern Youth make Tusbab Stallions work for points


TUSBAB Stallions and Morobe Wawens recorded 1-1 draws with Northern Youth and Morobe United respectively in round four of the National Soccer League at Lae’s Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium on Saturday.
The Stallions had to work around the clock to force a draw with Youth who opened the scoring through Dudley Kaura in the 61st minute.
Tusbab’s equaliser came from Kama Charlies 14 minutes from fulltime.
The match saw referee Martin Keith, of Lahi Soccer Association, showing yellow cards to Youth’s Gabriel Kamake (60th minute) and Stallions’ Jason Wadunah (79th), who was shown a second yellow and given his marching orders for an infringement in stoppage time.
Youth coach Samson Steven was elated with his side’s performance, saying his men had work harder after losses to Lae City Dwellers and Lae City.
“We’re a young team with new players so working with them is not easy,” he said.
“But the whole team executed what we had done at training during the week.
“We are now looking forward to our next game.”
Meanwhile, after coming off a 9-4 win over Sepik, Wawens were kept at bay as United — led by captain Eliud Fugre and bmobile man of the match recipient Elliot Foni — controlled the game from the midfield.
United’s dominance saw Matthew David scoring in the 51st minute after a scoreless first half but Wawens forced a share of the points, thanks to an own goal by Scott Hendry.
United coach Daino Sami told The National after the game that too many errors had cost them the game.
“We were prepared to win this game but as I said mistakes had cost us the game,” Sami said.
“We have loopholes which we need to work on for our next match.
“But my boys played well and I’m happy with their performance.
“We will aim to be stronger in our next game.”