Reds surge with Jack

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The National, Monday March 17th, 2014


HEKARI United veteran striker Kema Jack made his return with a stunning goal to help his team remain on the top of the Telikom National Soccer League ladder. 

Hekari came from 1-0 down midway in the first half to score four consecutive goals against Besta United  at the Papua New Guinea Institute of Public Administration Oval in Waigani on Saturday.

The Keapara man substituted Nicholas Muri and made his presence felt with his first touch setting up a goal before cashing in himself off a Tatzimano Danito cross.

The reigning champions where made to work hard by  a young fired-up Besta side led by Tommy Sammy, John Ray, Dareen Steven and Papalau Awele

Besta under the watchful eyes of coach Bob Morris and assisted by  new national coach Wynton Ruffer, they put Hekari under much pressure which resulted in their opening goal.

Besta striker Awele scored after a mix-up between defenders Koriak Upaiga and Taniela Waqa. Awele siezed on the confusion to belt one past goalkeeper Leslie Kalai for the opening goal.

Hekari levelled the scores through  a spot kick by Niel Hans after Muri was fouled by a Besta defender in the box.

The goal lifted the home side who continued their raid before Danito extend the lead to 2-1 and then later collected his second from a spot kick after Muri was brought down in the box for a 3-1 lead before Jack’s winner.

At Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae, the Gigira Laitepo-sponsored Morobe United came from behind to force a 1-1 draw in the first match while sister team, Lae, asserted themselves against Oro beating the visitors 3-1 in the main game.