Mungkas FC of Port Moresby Soccer Association overcame a brave challenge from City United of Lae Football Association to secure the revived PNGFA National Club Championship title at PNG Football Stadium in Port Moresby on Sunday.
Meanwhile National Capital District Public Servant Soccer Association’s FC Wantoks defeated Prima Power of Lahi to crowned the women’s champion club.
Mungkas walked away with K12,000 in prize money while the runner-up City United collected K6000.
Mungkas coach David Passam praised his boys for the win. “It is the first for the year and it is a historic win for the club,” Passam said.
Mungkas beat City United 1-0 to take out Papua New Guinea football top club honours. But it took almost 70 minutes before they managed to find the target.
Both sides fought out a nil-all deadlock heading into the break but the breakthrough came in the second half. And it was Robert Kenake who hit the target from a header that propelled to the left of the City United goalkeeper Vagi Koniel to shake the back of the net as he was left stunned.
Kenake, who combined well with Danny Vetali and Philemon Eaka who later claimed the golden boot award, continued to probe for opportunities but were kept at bay by City United defense led by Philip Steven, Valentine Nelson and skipper Lui Kataka.
However, the visitors continued to probe in the latter stages of the match, eventually dismantling the Mungkas defensive line.
Basil Jofari, Richard Mongi, Elton Banemand and Gwama tried desperately to contain City United.
The visitor continued to put pressure with Jacob Sabua, Freddy Steven and Bruce Tiampo pushing their opponents to the edge and at one stage almost finding the equaliser however failed to convert, just letting the ball slip past the far edge of the goal post.
In the women’s grand final FC Wantoks beat Prima Power 1-0 to claim the crown and bag K8000 while Prima Power settled with K600.
Played under humid conditions, both sides were held to a scoreless draw into the break .
But it was former University striker Tokoi Norrie who provided a superb through-ball that saw Marie Kaipu racing to blast home the winner.
Kaipu, who took out the golden boot award, used her speed and versatility to manoeuvre among her opponents to help her side to victory.
However, it was the visitors who had more control of the game but failed to find the target despite having more opportunities at goal.