By Jeremy Mogi – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby
It is expected to be another difficult round for fourth–placed FC Port Moresby as they prepare to meet Southern Conference leaders, Hekari United, on Saturday.
While in the Northern Conference, an undefeated Lae City Dwellers meet second-placed Besta FC, in a top-of-the-table clash in Lae.
Besta have been strong so far in the competition, with wins over Goroka Gosiha and a strong 2-0 performance in round one over former grand finalists Madang FC.
Last weekend’s loss to Welgris may not have helped, especially leading into this week’s Lae City meet. However, the development side is showing strong sides of improvement.
For Lae City a storming 7-0 demolition of Goroka was followed by a 1-0 win over Welgris, and last week’s 0-0 draw against Admiralty.
Lae are expected to win once again, with Besta having yet to defeat them. Admiralty will take on Goroka, and judging by their recent improvements are clear favourites over Gosiha.
Madang were victorious at home two weeks ago, and while Welgris are a single point ahead, the Laiwaden crowd has always been fiercely patriotic, and will make the task difficult for Welgris who take their first domestic trip in two years.
Down in Port Moresby, Erema and Gigira Laitepo will open round four. Gigira had had a lacklustre 1-1 performance against Huawei PS, the match dominated by missed passes and poor shots on target.
Erema have only had a single win, but their composure has improved and the learned experiences will see this match go down to the wire.
PKA Rapatona will face Huawei PS, and while they were humbled against FC Port Moresby last weekend, PKA showed glimpses of brilliance for a young side.
The match between Hekari and FC Port Moresby is expected to be the highlight of round four.
Both sides have a more aesthetic approach to modern football, and again, this will be a tactical battle. However, Hekari are still considered the pick of the bunch.