Pettyshen Elizah leads Southern Strikers to first win of the season

Papua New Guinea side Southern Strikers scored four second half goals to win their first game of the season.

Strikers came from 2-0 and then 3-1 down to win 4-3 in a thrilling game and secure a first victory for coach Margaret Aka – the league’s first female in charge of a team in the Papua New Guinea National Soccer League.

Despite going 2-0 down to Morobe Wawens at half time thanks to goals from Joshua Gwae and Michael Shaun, Strikers’ new signing Pettyshen Elizah got Strikers back into the game at Port Moresby.

Elizah, 24, has never been capped for Papua New Guinea but could be in line for a call up if his current form continues.

After Philip Steven made it 3-1, Kenneth Arah scored twice in a few minutes to level the scores. The match was then won by Gregory Togubai late on.

Defender Laventine Monoy was sent off for Strikers late on but they hung on for a famous victory.

Elsewhere Peter Garos put struggling Buang FC ahead against Madang FC but the lead was short lived. Two goals each from Markslan Pulung and Stahl Gubag, along with one each for Lagarap Samol and Nigel Malagian was enough to secure a 6-1 win for Madang.

They now sit second in the league on six points, three behind Toti City Dwellers, who won their fourth game in a row 2-1 against Fc Momase.

Nigel Dabinyaba and Raymond Gunemba scored the goals for Toti to extend their amazing scoring runs. Gunemba is now top scorer in the division.

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