It would take another heavy task for the Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA)-Negros Selection booters today as they badly need a win over their through rival, Iloilo Football Association, in order to earn a slot in Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Men’s National U19 Championship on May 20-29, 2011 at San Carlos City.
The Negrenses dropped to the third position in the team standing, with 2-1, after it failed to control the game’s momentum yesterday against Negros Oriental FA (NORFA). They lost the match, 2-3.
But the hardest thing that the Negrenses had to overcome is the absence of the services of one of their key players, Diomar Caruscay who will not be seeing action today after obtaining two yellow cards yesterday for unsportsmanlike behavior. During yesterday’s game, NORFA’s Nicolas Ferrer started the run with an early goal in the 3rd minute of play but NOFA scored an equalizer from Carlo Lucero’s goal in the 33rd minute. Before the referee blew his whistle at halftime, Negrense striker Jose Francis Rebacca nailed NOFA’s second goal in the 45th minute.
With a 2-1 advantage at the game’s resumption, NOFA tried to hold on their defense by denying NORFA’s goal attempts however, a surprise attack from Eugene Eundo in the 53rd minute tied the match at 2-all. And another goal from Raymund Santillan in the 64th minute sealed the victory for NORFA.
Meanwhile, the top two teams in this qualifier match will earn the slot in the finals. NORFA and Iloilo FA are currently tied in the team standing with two wins and a draw followed by NOFA, Cebu FA (1-2) and Leyte FA (0-3).* (SCOOP-Bacolod)
Negros Daily Bulletin