PNG U19 delivers impressive performance

The Papua New Guinea U-19 national team delivered an impressive performance against Manurewa Academy, losing 3-2 in their friendly in New Zealand recently.

Despite going up against a team that consist of a few A League players, PNG gave its best.

It was in the 30th minute when Jonathan Allen scored the first goal for PNG but Manurewa bounced back and equalized before half time.

In the second half, substitute Abraham Allen scored PNG’s second to put them in the lead.

However, Manurewa had a couple of tricks up their sleeves with a come-from-behind to equalize and then register its third goal in the 88th minute.

PNG U-19 team manager Besi Simongi said the preparation looks positive for the team but the temperature didn’t allow the team to put up its best performance yet.

The team has now left for Tahiti, and will play its first official match against Tonga this Sunday, August 5, followed by hosts Tahiti on the 8th, and later New Zealand on Saturday 11th.

(Story and picture: PNG Football Association)

Press release