By LARRY ANDREW
LEADERS Poro are wary of Sepik ahead of their top-of-the-table clash in the Northern Conference of the Women’s National Soccer League at Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae tomorrow (9am kick-off).
Poro coach Troy Gunemba told The National that they were thrilled with their perfect start this season in the country’s premier football competition for women.
“But we can’t count on our six-straight wins to hand us victory this weekend,” he said.
“We aren’t taking them (Sepik) lightly.
“They will be just as determined as us, so we need to be on our guard.
“Our preparations have been good all week.
“The team are ready.
“I believe with God, it is possible that we can record a win.
“I will be counting on midfielders Aileen David and Judith Gunemba who have been promoted from the backline.
“They will occupy defensive midfield roles where they can direct play for forwards Daisy Tokolik and Meagan Gunemba to score.”
Troy said their backline had been good so far, but they would need their wingers to drop deep to provide extra cover in defence.
“I believe we will give Sepik a good contest,” he said.
“I wish my players and the opposition all the best for the match.
“May the better team win.”
Meanwhile, Sepik are likely to use a four-five-one formation, as they have been doing in their last four games.
They will be counting on Mistera Juaneth, Jimaima Tarugaba, Sharlyn Jagi, Phornica Nere and Sharmalyn Kerek to get them on the front foot against the hosts.
In defence, Gloria Balamu, Bridgit Paime, Leah Karo and Marry Taiko will be expected to keep Meagan and Tokolik at bay.
In the other matches, Morobe Tulips face Rainy Lae (11am), Markham Raings meet Bara (1pm) and Tusbab Laidamon battle Pacific Gardens in the main fixture (3pm).