CHAMPIONS GO DOWN!

first_imgSOCCER VITIAZ United FC has caused a major upset in the National Soccer League challenge after claiming a 2-1 victory over defending champions Lae City FC over the weekend. Before a packed and vocal crowd at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae on Saturday, the visitors put on an outstanding performance against their more experienced opponents Lae City FC to inflict their first loss since the start of the competition. The youthful side, under the guidance of former Morobe United FC captain Eliud Fugre, were outstanding in all departments. Fugre’s experience was what the young guns needed with simple touches and passes and distribution of the ball. The efforts paid off with the visitors scoring the first goal through striker Joel Tiampo who picked up the first of his two goals in the 29th minute. Tiampo was outstanding with his skill and speed, matching up with the more experience Lae City defenders to score the first goal to lead 1-0. The goal also shocked and silenced the crowd that packed the stadium. The score-line remained unchanged heading into the break. It was even contest but became more physical challenge from both sides however it was the visitors who had the upper hand. Vitiaz United continued to have more ball possession and strong defensive line to keep Lae City at bay. Vitiaz United’s efforts paid off with Tiampo scoring his second in the 75th minute. However, City put a strong fight in the dying minutes to come up with a consolation goal in the 81st minute courtesy of Captain Raymond Gunemba. Gunemba was also issued a yellow card for a dangerous tackle. City had a chance to level the scores in the remaining minutes when Gunemba dribbled past the tired Vitiaz defenders to score but was deliberately pulled down by Vitiaz right backs. Gunemba appealed for a penalty however referee Charles Arangi refused to award it. Lae City Ecuadorian winger Gustine Vegara on the left flank, got the crowd psyched up with his foot works but could not find himself inside the Vitiaz’s goal area. However, Lae City fans were disappointed with Vegera’s performance on the field because he seemed to be more relaxed. Lae City FC coach Peter Gunemba was upset with his boy’s performance. “It was a good attacking team I put in but I was shocked (with the loss). The boys played such a poor game. (However), I am also thankful that the defeat shows we can be beaten,” he said. “I am also disappointed with the referee for disallowing a penalty for a professional foul on Raymond (Gunemba) in the dying minutes of the match. It could be a direct penalty awarded to us for this foul however I don’t know why the referee disallowed it. The game officials, especially, the referees must be 100 per cent neutral.” He also said the imported player Vegara could not read the game and find combination with Raymond and rest of the team. “He needs more game-time to improve,” he said. Vitiaz United team manager Rogena Strach was delightful with the victory after her side upset the defending champions. “This is a special game. My boys played their hearts out by putting their bodies on the line and this is what we came here to do. I am very happy for my boys. My boys kept their cool and played what they were trained to do over the week and did not feel any pressure to play against the champions,” she said. “How you walk away defeating the champions with most of the experienced players making the first 11 in front of their home crowd is a feeling I cannot describe.” She said the win had boosted her side and they are looking forward for the games to come. In other triple header matches, FC Morobe Wawens edged FC Bougainville 3-2 and Morobe United beat Kutubu FC 1-0. -BY CHARLIE DUMAVI UPNG journalism studentlast_img read more

Courtois to miss Man City game after appeal is rejected

first_imgChelsea’s appeal against Thibaut Courtois’ sending-off against Swansea has been rejected.The Blues goalkeeper was red-carded in the 52nd-minute of Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge following a foul on Bafetimbi Gomis, who equalised for the visitors with the resulting penalty.Courtois will now be suspended for Sunday’s away match against Manchester City.AdChoices广告Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho refused to comment on the incident when asked about it after the match.Asmir Begovic came on as a substitute for his Chelsea debut following Courtois’ dismissal and is now in line to start at City.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img