The National, Thursday July 4th, 2013
By GABRIEL LAHOC
AFTER five years out of the limelight the Port Moresby Soccer Association is back through their Under-20 girls who are having the time of their lives in their Papua New Guinea Football Association youth tournament currently underway in Lae.
The capital city association has not tasted representative football for the last eight years.
The Niugini Tablebird-sponsored national youth football championship for the U20 and U17 girls is the first tournament for PMSA while the same tournament for boys will be held in Goroka, Eastern Highlands, next week.
PMSA assistance coach Serah Guyu said their 22 member U20 squad are comfortably placed second in their pool and are confident with the challenges the will face in the coming days.
“The youngest is 14, there are three who are 19-years-old and the rest are between 16 and 17 years of age. For PMSA we are looking at development, for the girls it’s a big experience for them playing in a tournament like this,” head coach Kevin David said.
“For us taking part in this tournament is a breakthrough for PMSA and we want to show the rest of PNG that PMSA is back into representative football in PNGFA-sanctioned tournaments,” he said.
“We have registered two wins, one loss and this one against Lahi is our first loss,” David said.
The biggest win yesterday was by Lahi who beat Markham 5-0, while PMSA and NCD Public Servants Soccer Association beat Wau and Goroka respectively with the same scores of 2-0.
The Manus and Markham affair ended with a goal-less draw.
In the U17 matches there were no goals scored in the Lae and Goroka clash while Madang beat Lahi 2-0 before Lae upped their attack in their second match of the day to beat Kimbe 1-0.
Today will be the third day of the tournament which ends on tomorrow.