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Saturday, January 23, 2010

NSL complete round one

THE Telikom Cup National Soccer League (NSL) games yesterday marked the end of round one matches with competition pacesetter CMSS Tigers ahead with 15 points.

The Tigers played seven matches with four wins while three were drawn and have yet to lose a match.
The South Korean-back franchise came from behind on two occasions to force a draw against Eastern Star (2-2) and University InterFC (1-1) while they led Hekari 1-0 before surrendering the lead for a 1-1 draw.

Hekari who are definite grand finalist come final day won four games, drew 1 and lost one which puts them on second spot with 13 points.

The reigning premier's only loss came after they went down to a fired-up University InterFC 1-0 in round four.

Gigira Laitepo Morobe FC sits on third spot with 12 points. They won four and lost two  and should stir up the competition heading into the second round.

Early competition leaders Gelle Hills slided down to fourth spot with three wins, 1 draw and two loses. The Wesley Waiwai-coached team is on 10 points just in front of fast improver Niugini Builders Tukoko University Lae.

The Unitech-based team is on 7 points and closely followed by University InterFC on 6 while Eastern Stars are on 5 points.

The two tailenders are Besta PNG United on 2 points while Madang Niupetro Fox brings up the rear with 1 point. The Madang-based team, the Fox's only point came from the draw against the Besta United 1-1 in Madang last weekend.

PNGFA Competition Manager Edward Tauloi sincerely apologized to all officials and players for publicizing the wrong information on the statistics in The National newspaper early this week.
He said the statistics or points ladder was not up-dated when it was distributed to the media without his confirmation.

Tauloi confirmed that CMSS Tigers are currently leading the table with reigning premiers Hekari United just following them behind their heals.

He noted that University Lae FC is the great improver despite making their debut in this year's semi professional competition.

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