FORMER champion Hiroshi routed University of Jose-Recoletos, 9-1, to advance to the semifinals of the men’s open of the 15th Aboitiz Football Cup yesetrday at the Aboitiz Sports Field.
Rodney Gandionco and Janrey Nieves each scored a hat trick for the team’s fourth straight win in Group D. Jan Michael Flores, Nelson Eco and Julius Acre also had one goal each.
The team is trying to reclaim the title it last won in 2006. Aside from that, it is also aiming for a third straight title in the Cebu Amateur Football Club invitational tournament this summer.
Other teams who are set to make the semis are group leaders Erco FC in Bracket A, Crazy Horse in Bracket B and defending champion Cebu Queen City United-A in Bracket C.
In the earlier game, the Nepalese-backed Bro Nationals snatched its first win against Don Bosco Magone, 1-0, with skipper Sitaula Santosh hitting a free kick in the 29th minute. The team now has one win, two losses and a draw.
The unavailability of its players had always hampered the team’s performance as some of its players are enrolled as fulltime medical students at Southwestern University.
Meanwhile, Toledo Harumi lost by default against DB United FC-A, while Hiroshi beat Cebu Queen City United, 3-1, in the 38-above division.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 11, 2013