Submitted by James Toga
The undefeated Ceres-University of St. La Salle–manned Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) team is on the roll winning against the visiting Negros Oriental Football Association with a 6-nil victory during their first home game in the ongoing Philippine Football Federation Suzuki Cup U23 regional qualifying at the Manuel Y. Torres Sports Center, Bago City last Saturday.
In the opening half, J Baguiro nailed the first two goals - 4th and 18th minutes - for the Negrenses. Joel Bedia followed a 3rd goal in the 41st minute with four minutes before the halftime whistle blows to end the break.
The visitors tried to work on their offense but NOFA’s defense seemed to be tough enough for NORFA’s offensive plays to convert a point in the second half.
In the 58th minute, Azklas’ U23 standout and last year’s PFF-Suzuki U23 National Cup "Best Striker" Joshua Beloya scored Negros-Ceres’ fourth goal as Archie Familiar added another six minutes later.
With 5-nil advantage, NORFA’s defense slowly died out as Michael Conel sealed the match with the team’s sixth goal in the 77th minute.
Negros-Ceres’ win over NORFA gave them its fifth victory in the ongoing tournament.
On May 7, the Freddie "Nene" Lazarito-mentored Negrense squad will be challenged by the Cebu Football Association in San Carlos City.
Joining Lazarito in the coaching task are Assistant Coaches Ramon Janeo, Ali Rojas Go, Lemuel Unabia, Hemerson Campo, and goalkeeper coach Michael Casas.* (JGToga)
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