Stars thump Tukoko 4-0

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The National- Monday, February 7, 2011

 INJURED MRDC Hekari United duo Alvin Singh and Eric Komeng will have plenty to talk about during their club’s training session after watching Eastern Stars’ huge 4-0 win over Tukoko University Lae in Port Moresby on Saturday.

Fijian Singh and Komeng did not make the team to the O-League meet in Vanuatu due to injury.

However, they spent their time at the Lloyd Robson Oval watching a rejuvenated Stars outclass the visitors with a big victory.

Stars have certainly sent a message to the Hekari United management that they are ready for a return match this Saturday.

Midfielders Adrian Komu and Hekari reject Michael Foster led the onslaught from their usual position to send the Unitech side back to the drawing board with four super goals. 

The Bogia man, Komu and Foster, were a standout, dictating and setting play for the side.

Under new coach Eddie Omokirio, they outclassed Unitech in all departments. 

The visitors had skipper Leslie Nate, Billy Tomon, Francis Yasasa, Clement Peka and Martin Ruahasia fighting for the ball all afternoon but to no avail.

Stars stamped their authority over University after the visitors scored an own goal through fullback Julius Mala in the 15th minute.

Midway through the opening half, Foster blasted the second goal from a close range to extend the lead 2-0 before Felix Bondaluk tapped in a loose ball to lead 3-0.

In the second half, University lifted the tempo but could do little as Stars put on a strong defence to protect their lead.

Skipper Cyril Muta, Timothy Joe, Joshua Niebo and Jerry Yasasa were outstanding in defence while Komu, Foster, Carrol Kakate and Paul Walei provided the support in the midfield.

Strikers Raymond Gunemba has hit his form and will prove dangerous in the coming matches. 

He was supported by Bondaluk, who seemed to enjoy a solid partnership in frontline, with Gunemba.

In other NSL matches in Lae, Petro Souths recorded their second consecutive victory over Gigira Laitepo Morobe Kumuls.

In the midweek clash, the Southern Highlands team defeated Madang 3-1 and on Saturday, they upset Gigira 2-0 to put them into contention for the premiership race.

The match between Hekari United and Madang Fox was deferred due to Hekari’s O-League commitment while Besta PNG United were on bye.