The National, Monday 28th November 2011
Tukoko University switched to defensive mode with Francis Tulem working tirelessly to contain the Central Coast attack.
Striker Tau Winnie had a golden chance to force an equaliser but Tukoko goalkeeper David Kali was up to the task and blocked what could have been a goal.
Tukoko were the first to score when Sowera Guti slipped a pass to flanker Armstrong Peka who curved a brilliant shot over Aua to lead 1-0 within the first minute of the game. It could be one of the fastest goals scored in the 2011-12 season.
However, the home side replied minutes later when Reginald Davani found Winnie in the clear to slip one past Kali for the equaliser.
Davani had Kali stretching in what could have been a classical goal had it gone in but Kali again denied Central Coast.
Coast led 2-1 when Nathaniel Lepani scored from a spot-kick after Winnie was brought down in the penalty area.
However, with Guti and Kohu Liam dictating play, it was the visitors who kept their composure with some scrambling defence to deny their opponents from stretching their lead on the competition table.
The loss for Central Coast sees them on 12 points behind Hekari United who bounced back from their disappointing 2-1 loss at the hands of Besta (PNG) United last Wednesday.
Hekari beat Petro Souths 5-2 in Goroka but the match was marred by an assault on a Petro Souths player by a Goroka-based NSL referee who allegedly led a mob-attack on the player.
Souths team manager Wale Molsie said he was disgusted that a semi professional football referee (named) was involved in such unsportsmans-like behaviour which saw him and several people attack the player.
He said he had informed NSL development manager Chris Brown and would see the chairman John Kapi Natto on the incident involving the NSL referee.
Molsie said the attack on his player was related to an on-field incident during the match against Hekari.
“If the referee should be professional, what happens on the field should be left on the field and not taken out off the field.
“It is really a childish way of solving the problem or addressing the issue,” he said.
The unofficial points table: Hekari United (13), Central Coast (12), Besta PNG United (10), City Pharmacy Limited Eastern Stars (8), Morobe Mining Joint Venture Bulolo United (4), NBS Tukoko University (4) and Petro Souths (3).