The Morobe Football Association were crowned men’s champions in the Besta FA Cup challenge over the weekend to defend their title for two consecutive years.
It was a tough challenge for Morobe who fought through before advancing into the grand final against fancied NCD PSSA side.
The grand final match in Lae between both teams finished at nil all in regular time, forcing the match going into extra time.
With the first 10 minutes of extra time saw Kila Aisonie open the scoring for NCD PSSA putting them in the lead however their celebrations were short lived when Morobe responded back with an equalizer through Eddie Managu.
The second half of the extra time was a tight affair with the score still unchanged, it went down to a penalty shootout with a brilliant save from Morobe goal keeper before scoring the winner to prove the difference.
Morobe walked away with K20,000 in prize money, while NCD PSSA settled for K15,000.
Finishing third, Hekari Soccer Association took home K10,000 and Hagen Central pocketed K5,000.
In the women’s division, Port Moresby Soccer Association defeated Morobe Football Association 3-1 in the grand final to retain their champions tag for the second year running and become K20,000 richer.
MFA won K15,000 while NCD PSSA collected K10,000 for finishing third and K5,000 went to Madang Soccer Association for finishing fourth.
Meanwhile, during the presentation of prizes, PNGFA President John Kapi Natto thanked International Food Corporation (IFC) for supporting the competition under the brand name Besta for 12 years now however he expresses disappointment to them for not present at the presentation of awards.
“It would be more fitting if they presented the cup to the winners because they sponsored the competition, Kapi Natto said.
“The Besta FA Cup is for all MA’s and associated members throughout the country and open to all.
“Being here and following the competition for the past 3 days, I’ve witnessed the level of football skills displayed by the teams are very high.
This has shown that there is consistency in our competition at MA level, Kapi Natto added.