Vitiaz hold Hekari to a draw

first_imgSoccer BY SABRINA GALATAU Vitiaz United held the classy Hekari United to a 1-1 draw in the surprise result of the National Soccer League at the PNG Football Stadium in Port Moresby on Saturday. Before heading into round 14, Vitiaz United were joint leaders with Lae City, while Hekari United were in third spot and were desperate for a win to cement their position with the top two teams. However, they failed to live up to expectations. From the offset both sides had each others measure, and were not going to give an inch of an opportunity. The Morobe franchise looked the better side as they controlled ball possession. They however need to pick-up on their set-peces as several free-kicks and corners went begging. After several wayward attempts, Vitiaz finally broke the deadlock 10 minutes short of half-time through Jonathan Allen. However, Hekari United keen to show cause hit back soon after with a goal to PNG skipper Michael Foster to level the score at 1-1. In the second half, Vitiaz United should have shut the gates on the former champions with at least seven golden opportunities missing the mark. While the latter were less impressive as the Morobeans were in their faces defensively and only managed five attempts with much success. Both teams should credit their goal-keepers Russell Chris for Vitiaz and Dave Tomare for Hekari for a top show, however less could be said for their offense as they had to settle for a frustrating drawn match. Hekari United FC team manageress, Vonnie Eteaki Kapi Natto said: “The performances were really good, we had a lot of chances but we didn’t take them.” She said both sides were really good and she was proud of her players and the final result. A draw is still good for us, we’re only two points behind them and hopefully we work harder in our other games,” Kapi Natto said. She added that they looked forward to every game and will take on one game at a time; however, they are ready for their next big game against the Gulf Komara FC.last_img

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