Caption: Lisa Cole of PNG talks to her players after their loss to Korea DPR in their final pool A match last Sunday – Photo by FIFA via Getty Images
PNG U20 coach Lisa Cole has nothing but praise for her young team that shook North Korea DPR for a moment before succumbing to a 1-7 loss at the PNG National Football Stadium in Port Moresby last Sunday night.
PNG bowed out of their first FIFA U20 World Cup without a win and conceding 22 goals in the process compared to Canada the other team with the highest goals against with 13 goals.
The former US soccer star described PNG’s effort especially goalkeeper Faith Kasiray in their last three pool A matches as an inspiration.
“They are the future of Papua New Guinea and Faith in goal tonight was an inspiration as well as Lavina Hola to get world cup experience along with some of this younger players to have the opportunity to play (in this world cup),” Cole said.
“There are three certain different game plans to begin to see defensively organized we were able to build and from our defence into attack to give us a chance to score a goal,” said Cole at a post-match press conference.”
PNG captain 18-year-old Yvonne Gabong also speaking at the press conference said the goal against Korea DPR was a goal for the PNG supporters.
“Unfortunately we did not win but at least we got a goal for the fans but most of all we came here to play our best and most of all to learn as much as we can from these three games.
“We know the three teams we played against are the best teams in the world and playing against them we learnt a lot that in order for us to play in this type of level you have to be fit technically with our skills and especially with fitness and those three matches thought us a lot and we are very grateful,” said Gabong.