The National, Monday 15th April, 2013
By LARRY ANDREW
BESTA United faces a slide down the Telikom National Soccer League points table after going down 3-0 to Port Moresby FC in Lae.
The game at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium saw six players – three each from each side – shown yellow cards.
The development team’s game plan did not click as they were pinned down in their own territory by the capital city-based team who dominated the match.
But Port Moresby could not score in the first quarter as Betsa United goalkeeper Benjamin Wilbert stood tall to repel the many attempts at goal.
The window opened for the capital city boys when play in centre field drew Wilbert out of his goalmouth.
Port Moresby’s Max Sengum took the opportunity to fire a shot past Wilbert into the net for their first goal.
Port Moresby’ssecond goal came in the second half when a throw-in allowed Neil Hans to power home a left footer to extend the lead to 2-0.
The final goal was scored by substitute Alwin Komolong.
Port Moresby’s best players were Hans, Sengum, Michael Foster while captain Jamaal Seeto, Jacob Sabua, Tommy Sammy and substitute Freddy Steven shone for Besta United.
In the women’s match played before the men’s game, Poro FC nailed defending champion Barra FC 2-0.
There were no Telikom National Soccer League matches played in Port Moresby because of the unavailability of venues in National Capital District.
NSL development mnager Chris Brown yesterday confirmed there were no matches in the capital city.
Games were played in Lae and in Kimbe.
The NSL matches were postponed because of the closure of the Sir John Guise Stadium for upgrading and renovation work in preparation for the 2015 Pacific Games.
Brown said they had approached several institutions, including the Port Moresby Soccer Association (PMSA), but failed to secure a venue.