BOYS 17 defending champions Abellana National School (ANS) Pomeroy escaped a tough challenge put up by Springdale for a 3-2 victory yesterday in the 13th Aboitiz Football Cup at the Aboitiz Sportsfield at the North Reclamation Area in Mandaue City.
Springdale, which retained five of its players who saw action in the Palarong Pambansa in Tarlac and one RP U14 member who saw action in Malaysia last June, is becoming ANS Pomeroy's archrival in the game.
It was Springdale who thwarted ANS in last year's Cebu City Olympics and went on to represent the city in the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVIRAA) meet and Central Visayas in the Palaro, a role often played by the ANS.
Springdale, though, lambasted ANS in other divisions with a 4-1 win in the Boys 12 and 7-0 rout in the Boys 14.
In the second game of the Boys 17, Cebu International School (CIS) posted its second win in the tournament, this time at the expense of Blessed John, 6-1.
The surprise of the day came from the Boys 12 division wherein the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) 1 inflicted a 23-0 onslaught of the Subangdaku Football Club (SFC).
DBTC 1 had waxed hot in the first half with 10 goals then went on to frustrate SFC with 13 more goals in the second half.
The other match saw DBTC 2 blanking NGLIS 7-0.
In the Boys 14, CIS scored a 3-1 win over Blessed John, while MTI brushed off the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC), 2-0.
In the Players 10, DBTC B sailed past DBTC D, 2-0, DBTC E routed CIS, 6-0, Giuseppe Fc shamed DBTC A, 12-0, and SHS-AdC edged DBTC B, 4-2.
The Players 8 division saw DBTC B squeaking past DBTC D, 3-2, DBTC 1 dominating Giuseppe FC, 8-2, and DBTC 3 blanking DBTC A, 3-0. /CORRESPONDENT MARS G. ALISON
Cebu Daily News