The National, Monday 08th October, 2012
By HENRY MORABANG
UNIVERSITY striker Felix Bondaluk played a good captain’s role to lead his team into 1-0 victory over minor premiers VAT Yamaros in the Port Moresby Super League men’s soccer grand final on Saturday.
A second half headed goal from within the six-yard box by Bondiluk was enough for University Inter to win the inaugural Super League final.
Veteran University midfielder Steven Mali was the architect of their win in which they seemed to have control for most parts except for a seven-minute burst in the second half when Yamaros squandered three scoring opportunities within the 18-yard box.
Sixteen-year-old centre back Aryton Yagas was dominant for University in defence with goalkeeper Albert Mesulam stamping his claim to be the association’s premier goalie.
Midfielder Max Sengum tried galantly for Yamaros all day but young Chuckstan Aopi and Eastern Stars striker Paschal Wokam had limited chances due to outstanding University defence.
In the Women’s Super League final, Guria defeated University 4-2 in a penalty shoot out after scores were tied 1-1 at full time and extra time.
University defeated Yamaros 1-0 in the men’s reserve final.
The women’s game, with the score locked at the end of regulation and extra time, saw the result literally in the hands of the two goalkeepers Kivi Towa of Guria and Linda Bunaga of University.
Guria’s Towa had the upperhand saving four out of five penalty kicks while Bunanga managed to save only two goals which resulted in Guria taking out the match.
In Sunday’s Port Moresby Soccer Association men’s premier game, a goal in each half by Blue Kumuls beat Desmond Waku’s Hard Rocks 2-0.
In the Under-19B and premier reserve Blue Kumuls lost to Dobo Warriors 3-1 and Hard Rocks 3-1 respectively.
Yamaros restored lost pride by thrashing Global Sea Eagles 4-0 to win the women’s premier challenge.
Super League chairman Wayne Taylor said the competition was a success this year with PS Rutz and Spartans returning to the association and despite a few hurdles along the way, the pathway had been set for a bigger season in 2013.
“With players of the calibre of Michael Foster, Reginald Davani and Paul Komboi showcasing their class along with emerging players Chuckstan Aopi, Edwin Taberia, Daniel Taylor and Rodney Mobiha gaining exposure, the future of Port Moresby soccer looks to be in good hands,” Taylor said.
Bondaluk was the marked man throughout the entire 90 minutes of football until in the dying minutes when he sent University’s faithful into frenzy with his match-winning header.