Papua New Guinea striker Reginald Davani helped himself to a second-half double against Solomon Islands club champions Kossa FC – then paid tribute to the contribution of team-mates Andrew Lepani,
Mauri Wasi and younger brother Alex Davani for their part in the team´s 2-1 win.
Papua New Guinea endured a torrid opening 45 minutes against a Kossa FC side still bouyed by their victory in the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Telekom National Clubs Championship and
populated with international talent such as Joe Luwi.
Davani was critical of the 1st half performance but once Papua New Guinea settled down in front of the reknowned and passionate Lawson Tama Stadium crowd, the game became much easier once coach
Marcos Gusmao introduced Lepani, Alex and Wasi due to the quartet´s cumulative experience.
Davani opened his account in the 52nd minute after Joe Luwi had earlier watched Papua New Guinea goalkeeper David Aua save his penalty.
Davani then bagged a second goal ten minutes later with a trademark finish from close range that left Kossa FC goalkeeper John Morgan stranded.
Kossa FC were left ruing a number of missed chances in the first half with Godwin Beubeu spurning a decent chance prior to halftime.
Papua New Guinea face Solomon Islands at Lawson Tama Stadium in a friendly international in Honiara tomorrow.