Port Moresby glamour club Hekari United has regained the Telikom NSL lead after last weekend’s game.
Hekari’s course was helped when last week’s competition leaders Inspac Rapatona went down to TL Morobe Kumuls 1-2 on Saturday in Lae.
Hekari’s demolition of Madang Besta Fighters 6-0 on Saturday in Port Moresby added the extra bounce for the city boys to snatch the lead.
Kaparoko village mand Kema Jack scored a hat trick for United in a classy individual performance with goals in the 15th, 20th and 38th minutes.
The three goals has pushed his Telikom National Soccer League (NSL) goal-scoring tally to 11 after nine matches, enough to currently lead the goal scoring tally
This was the second time this season that the international striker has scored a haul of goals after tucking in four against Madang Fox in the first round.
The other goals came from flanker Benjamin Mela (5th), Andrew Lepani (22nd) and Jacob Pekau (55th).
Hekari’s mid-field general David Muta featured again with good support from Solomon Islanders Benjamin Mela and Abraham Iniga.
The Fighters were able to create openings but their lack of finishing with goals and wrong options in giving the final pass plagued the visitors from the opening whistle.
Hekari’s last line of defence manned by Brian Tuhiana, Pekau, Tagaia Watson and Hamson Daniel also closed down on anything the Fighters had in offence.
The introduction of Hekari’s latest signing in Michael Lohai looks to have also boosted their depth in the striking department.
Hekari are now on 17 points followed by TL Morobe Kumuls (16) and Inspac Rapatona, third on 15 points.