BY JORDAN LAING
Papua New Guinea is now in perfect position to become the first team to win back-to-back Cups after producing another scintillating performance in front of hundreds of supporters at Royal Park.
Credit to USA who gave their all as key forward Bryan Dragus continues to shine in the stars and stripes.
It has been an improved performance by USA in this series and their journey will give the players a lot of confidence heading into the next tournament in three years time.
From the opening bounce of the match, the Mozzies showed their class, style and skill by kicking the first goal through Stanis Susuve (#21) within the opening minute. It was a lead they never let slip.
In a bruising and physical match, the USA threw everything at the Mosquitoes but they were no match in the end.
Trailing by 36 points at halftime, USA hit back in the third quarter but couldn’t curb the rampaging PNG midfielders and forward line.
While USA played gallantly in the loss and had their stars they couldn’t reduce the end margin, falling short by 47 points.
For PNG on the other hand, they continue their undefeated streak in the tournament and will head into the grand final as deserving favourites.
Stanis Susuve was again a standout for the Mosquitoes kicking four goals while Emmaus Wartovo (#12) and Gideon Simon (#4) were also instrumental in the victory.
PNG will now play the winner of the Ireland and New Zealand match for a shot at this year’s title.
Papua New Guinea 9.14 (68) d USA 3.3 (21)