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July 2, 2022
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Hekari Lead the National Soccer League

But thoughts of any ‘wooden spoon’ tag were far from Besta’s minds as they took on visitors Hekari at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae.


Winless so far in the season, the home side came in hard, buoyed by their home crowd.

Hekari had scored first in all their matches so far, this season and were not about to relinquish that statistic.


Nigel Dabinyaba opened the account with 28 minutes in. Besta rallied and pushed forward. The equalizer was delivered in stunning fashion, as Midfielder Lui Kataka made the crowd into frenzy.


Besta went on the defensive soon after as Hekari upped the pressure.


Dabinyaba having a hand in Hekari’s second, crossed between tight spaces to find the head of Fijian import Tuimasi Manuca.


Dabinyaba sealed a man of the match performance with the game’s final goal Hekari with 3 and Besta with 1.


Oro were heading into the match, without Captain Gari Moka, and Keeper Richard Lapan on the bench.  


An early slip by defender Cambell Misirait allowed Lae’s Clement Peka an opening.

It was one nil within two minutes as Oro struggled to match their physical dominance.


High crosses and poor finishing from Oro meant nothing for Lae keeper, Ronald Warisa for he was barely troubled.


The second half pep talk changed their attitude but while Oro were putting passes together, it was Lae who were attacking straight through the center.

Lae won the game one- nil.


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