By Cheska D. Geli Saturday, April 21, 2012
POWERHOUSE Don Bosco Technological College showed its class once again as it collared three titles in the Boys 9, 13 and 15 in the opening day of 1st BRO National Football Festival at the Aboitiz Football Field yesterday.
The junior booters of DBTC faced Sacred Heart School Ateneo de Cebu in a tight match in the Boys 15 finals that went into a sudden death shootout after a 0-0 score at the end of regulation.
Yves Russel Caballero banked in the winning goal after DBTC keeper Jake Allen Vecin blocked the attempt from SHS-AdC’s first kicker, 1-0.
“The match was even and both teams had their attempts. It’s only that DBTC got the break in the penalty shootout,” said head coach Glen Ramos.
DBTC defeated its sister team DB Silver Hawk, 1-0, in the semifinals while SHS-AdC outlasted visiting team Bukidnon through a last-minute goal, 1-0, to make the finals.
The boys of the squad will be the next batch of players that will represent DBTC in the next Cebu City Olympics.
In other results, the Palarong Pambansa-bound elementary players of DBTC ousted San Carlos City, 1-0, in the Boys 13. DBTC 2002-A also added another title as they claim the Boys 9 championship against SHS-AdC, 1-0,
SHS-AdC recovered in the Boys 11 finals and beat Don Bosco 5, 1-0, to bag the title, while the Lahug FC kids got the title in the Boys 7 class after beating San Roque FC, 2-1.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama was the guest speaker in the opening program, which also had national team players Chieffy Caligdong and Ian Araneta.
Caligdong shared a message of inspiration with the kids while Araneta led the oath of sportmanship. Both joined the clinic of the Central Visayas Athletic Association elementary football team last Thursday.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 21, 2012.