22 May 2017

Mindanao Peace Games football kicks off May 22

by Adam B. Morrell

FOOTBALL Invitational Tournament organized by Mindanao Peace Games (MPG) kicked off Monday, May 22, at the Ateneo de Davao University football field in Matina, Davao City. Celebrity football player James Younghusband, team captain of the football club Meralco Manila (formerly Meralco Sparks), and coach Aries Caslib will grace the opening ceremony. The MPG, program originally designed for girl athletes, now includes male participants born in 2002. The 7-A-Side format event is backed by One Meralco Foundation and Mizuno. Six teams representing each of the six regions of Mindanao will be competing in a series of nine aside games from May 22 to 26 at the Matina Campus of the Ateneo. These teams are Ateneo de Zamboanga (Zamboanga Peninsula), Iligan Medical Center College (Northern Mindano), Ateneo de Davao (Davao region), Surallah FC (Soccsksargen), Fr. Saturnino Urios University (Caraga) and Maguindanao United FC (Armm). Storytelling sessions such as leadership skill development, advocating through sports, values formation, among others will also take place in the five-day tournament. “The goal of the Mindanao Peace Games is to encourage holistic development in our young athletes so they mature not only as good football players but also as responsible, disciplined and peace-loving Filipinos,” said Noli Ayo, Ateneo’s university athletics director and convener of the Games. On the first day of the event, Younghusband will share his inspiration for pursuing a career in football. He will also entertain questions from the participating young athletes in a question and answer session. Caslib, meanwhile, will also briefly talk about his experience being at the helm of a national football league team and share some best practices with the coaches of the competing teams. The best striker, best midfielder, best defender and best goalkeeper of the tournament will be awarded by spikes courtesy of Mizuno. (With PR)

Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/sports/2017/05/21/mindanao-peace-games-football-kicks-may-22-543179

21 May 2017

Late game fireworks in Binan as Stallion Laguna, Global Cebu battle to a draw

By Christan JAcinto
A TACTICAL game that looked headed for a goalless draw got some fireworks in the end, although both teams still wound up even 
as Stallion Laguna FC and Global Cebu FC settled for a 1-1 standoff in the 2017 Philippines Football League on Sunday at the Binan Football Stadium.

Locked in a tight match for most of the match, the two squads came out firing for an exciting endgame between the two former UFL Champions.
Shu Sasaki scored in the 84th minute, converting off a Hikaru Minegeshi assist.
Just when it looked like Global was on its way to secure all three points, Matthew Nierras came out with a stunning equalizer in the 93rd minute much to the delight of the home crowd.
It was a crucial result for Stallion after absorbing a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Meralco Manila on opening weekend.
The Cebuanos on the other hand dropped their first points after a 2-1 win over JPV Marikina FC, two weeks ago.

Read more at http://www.spin.ph/football/news/shu-sasaki-hiraku-minegishi-stallion-laguna-global-cebu-philippines-football-league#wfMeoXY5eiYG054K.99

International friendly : Indonesia U16 won 4-0 against Philippines U16

Indonesia U16 won 4-0 against Philippines U16 in a friendly  today in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.


20 May 2017

PFL Sunday : Stallion Laguna 1-1 Global Cebu - Updated

Global Cebu starting XI: Deyto(GK), Hartmann(C), Mulders, Sylla, Aguinaldo, Barbaso, Minegishi, Clarino, Hoshide, Sasaki, Dos Santos

Stallion Laguna starting XI: Nierras, Nana, Alquiros, Tuason, Doctora (C), Ishikawa, Casil, Sadia(GK), Yamagata, Arboleda, Regala

Live on PTV

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Kaya ground Davao for the first PFL win

By Kevin Estrada

MAKATI -- Kaya FC Makati nabbed their first win of the PFL season after grounding the Davao Aguilas in a heated and physical encounter earlier this evening at UMak.

It took a first-half assault for Noel Marcaida's men to take all three points to send the league's newcomers near the bottom of the pile as Jordan Mintah and Adam Reed conspired for a 2-0 win that shoved them up to second in the table for the moment, two points behind Meralco Manila who earlier beat JPV Marikina in Laguna.

Mintah drew first blood by scoring in the 16th minute and was responsible for the foul that led to the league's first ever dismissal on Davao skipper Jason Cordova in the 41st minute, in which Reed subsequently tucked in the spot kick a minute after that.

Reed himself was tossed for the harsh challenge in the 52nd minute, but it will not matter to them as the two-goal cushion was preserved despite their missed chances at full time.


GIRLS’ U15: Slick Thailand win inaugural crown

VIENTIANE (20 May 2017) – They tried as hard as they could but in the end, the Philippines were just overpowered by a slick Thailand side as the latter romped to a fabulous 6-2 win in the final to lift the first ever AFF Under-15 Girls’ Championship 2017 here at the KM16 National Stadium.
In the highly anticipated tie between two of the most exciting teams in the competition this year, the game was fairly even at the start as both team took turn to push forward.
But pretty soon, the more experienced Thai side would found the chink in the Philippines armour and they took advantage of it to full effect in the 12th minute when the nimble Ploychompoo Sommonk ran past defender Alessandra Viallon down the left for a shot past keeper Jessica Pido.
However, it did not take too long for the Philippines to get back into the game and in the 17th minute, they drew level when lanky midfielder Myrla Garcia fired in one her trademark long range effort from some 20metres to beat Thai custodian Ponpimon Ngoenphon.
Two quick goals from Ploychompoo (22nd minute) and Trinity Parascandola (30th) – both from the left of the Philippines backline – exposed how fragile Philippines were and it took the team just two minutes to replace Alessandra, who were limping out.
With the score at 3-1 to Thailand’s advantage at the end of the 40 minutes first half, the Philippines came out more determined in the second as they took them just two minutes to pull a goal back through Viviana Cera.
That goal seemed to have revived the Philippines into further action as they attacked from both flanks with the hardworking Alexander Yap on double time in search of the equaliser.
But a 59th minute corner from Ploychompoo saw a fine header from Pattarana Aupachai to give the Thais a 4-2 advantage and rattled the Philippines offensive play.
As the Philippines struggled to get a grip on things, an own goal from Philippines defender Keanne Dedel just two minutes later, put Thailand in firm control.
They then made sure of the title this year with when substitute Janista Jinantuya knocking in the sixth goals right at the end.


AFF U-15 Girls Championship Final : Philippines 2-6 Thailand

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PFL : Kaya Fc-Makati 2-0 Davao Aguilas Fc


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19 May 2017

PFL : JPV Marikina Fc 0-1 FC Meralco Manila

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Starting XI v : Villanueva Cañas Sarmiento JYH PYH Minniecon Gadia Dizon Matas Nikolic Morallo. Gadia for Simon who has sore rib.

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Ceres, Global get AFC Cup boost with Singapore Cup dates change


Philippines Football League (PFL) outfits Ceres-Negros and Global FC have received a boost in their AFC Cup campaigns with the news that their Singapore Cup preliminary round fixtures have been pushed back until late June.
Thursday's announcement from Football Association of Singapore (FAS), who changed the original dates from the May 8 draw, will give both clubs more time to focus on the AFC Cup, where they are fighting to reach the ASEAN zonal final.
Ceres will attempt to overturn a 3-2 first leg deficit against Malaysian champions Johor Daryl Ta'zim (JDT) in a home tie on May 31, while Global are looking to pick up a victory in Singapore against Home United a day earlier after a 2-2 first leg draw.
Ceres will embark on their Singapore Cup journey against Hougang United at Hougang Stadium on June 20, three days after their PFL fixture against JP Voltes.
As for Global, they will play Geylang International at Clementi Stadium on June 21 -- three days after a league game against Ilocos United.http://www.espnfc.com/blog/football-asia/153/post/3128774/ceres-global-get-afc-cup-boost-with-singapore-cup-dates-change

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18 May 2017

GIRLS’ U15: Garcia screamer puts Philippines in final

VIENTIANE (18 May 2017) – A screamer from lanky midfielder Myria Garcia four minutes to the end put the Philippines in the final of the AFF Under-15 Girls’ Championship 2017 when they edged a determined Myanmar side 3-2 in the second semi-final tie that was played this evening at the KM16 National Stadium.
The game was always going to be close between the Philippines and Myanmar with the former having shown their consistency in the group stage while for the latter; their fighting spirit paved their way to the final four.
“It was a very hard game and my credit to the Myanmar girls for the effort they put in today. But we were confident as we had beaten them last year (at the AFC U14 meet),” said Philippines head coach Mariella Benitez.
Making little changes to the side that had played in the last game, the Philippines were the early aggressor with Maria Lazo, Garcia and captain Gabriella Collatos pulling the string.
But Myanmar were not taking things lying down with striker Su Pyae Pyae Kyaw and also Myat Noe Khin working in tandem to terrorise the Philippines backline.
A double chance in the 14th and 19th minute went a begging as the Philippines then replied through Aleander Yap but whose twice attempt was blocked by Myanmar keeper Htet Eindra Lin.
But with just two minutes remaining of the first half, the Philippines finally found the back of the net when Garcia stabbed home the cross from Yap.
The score at the end of the first half was 1-0 to the Philippines.
Myanmar came barging into the second half and just seven minutes in, a cross from Noe Khin was slammed into goal by Pyae Kyaw.
Five minutes later in the 52nd minute, Myanmar went ahead for the first time in the game where off a poor clearance from Philippines defender Alessandra Villalon, the always running Pyae Kyaw ran the ball in to beat keeper Rizamee Ugbanial for only the second time in the competition.
But the Philippines girls showed plenty of guts as they regrouped and started to pressure Myanmar and in the 57th minute, they found the equaliser through Viviane Cera, who blasted the ball in after the Myanmar defenders failed to clear the cross.
And with four minutes remaining, Garcia unleashed a superb screamer from 20metres out for the winner.
With the win, the Philippine will now take on Thailand in the final of the championship in two days. 

SEMI-FINALS – 18 May 2017
Thailand 6 Cambodia 0
Philippines 3 Myanmar 2

20 May 2017
(Third & Fourth Placing) 1600: Cambodia vs Myanmar
(Final) 1830: Thailand vs Philippines

AFF U15 Girls Semifinal : Philippines vs Myanmar

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17 May 2017

PFL : Weekend Match Days 5 and 6

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The Philippines Football League return to action this weekend with three action packed matches. 

JPV Marikina Football Club will be hosting early leaders FC Meralco Manila at 4 pm on Saturday asKAYA Futbol Club-Makati takes on Davao Aguilas Football Club at 7pm. 

Global Cebu FC then returns to action when it visitsStallion Laguna Football Club Philippines on Sunday. See you at the stadiums!

Late JDT goal frustrates resolute Ceres Negros FC in five-goal AFC Cup semifinal first leg

JOHOR Darul Ta'zim defended its home turf in the face of a resolute Ceres Negros FC attack, holding on for a 3-2 win in the first leg of the AFC Cup zonal semifinals on Wednesday night in Johor.

Hazwan Bakri scored the match winner for the home team in the 64th minute of a game blessed with a flurry of amazing goals from both ends of the pitch.
Hazwan picked the ball up from the top right corner of the pitch, turned, and then fired a screamer that was slightly deflected by Roland Muller but went into the net anyway.
The Busmen had one more chance late to go level, but the Southern Tigers managed to hold on thanks to some big defensive plays by Marcos Antonio.
"The third goal was very unlucky but we still have a game to go," said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic, looking forward to hosting the return leg in Bacolod.
"We had a lot of chances today but they played really well, too. It's not easy. We don't have much experience in this. We'll see what we can do in Bacolod and it will not be easy for them also," he added. 
Gonzalo Cabrera opened the scoring for the hosts with a fine solo strike in the 18th minute but Fernando Rodrigues quickly took that back for the Busmen with an amazing diving header in the 21st minute.
The visitors then went ahead courtesy of Bienve Maranon with his own sublime solo goal off the counter as he rammed the ball into the top corner past Farizal.
Just when the tide started to turn for the Negros side, Safiq Rahim scored the equalizer with his own header, with a minute left in the first half.
Though Ceres wasn't victorious, the Busmen will be coming back to Panaad on May 30 with two away goals.
That means if Ceres wins with a 1-0 or a 2-1 result in Bacolod, then they go through to the finals.
Other than those results, the Busmen need to win by two goals to advance. 

Read more at http://www.spin.ph/football/news/late-jdt-goal-frustrates-resolute-ceres-negros-fc-in-five-goal-afc-cup-semifinals#LX2OJZBygiw46LzC.99

AFC Cup : JDT 3-2 Ceres Negros Fc


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Ceres winger Iain Ramsay is confident of his teams chances their first Zonal semifinal match against Johor Darul Ta’zim. His belief stems from how Ceres-Negros survived the virtual group of death in the AFC Cup and getting results from teams like Hanoi FC. The Philippines international shares his thoughts on the forthcoming match.
“I think we should be extremely proud of ourselves to finish the top of our group,” said the A-League veteran. “We had very strong and competitive teams against us and to finish top, and to play the way we did, we should be extremely proud. We’ve got JDT ahead of us now and were looking forward to that. It’s a new goal for us now, to beat them over two legs, and I think finishing top of our group gives us plenty of confidence.”
But Ramsay and the team are well aware of the challenge ahead. JDT are no pushovers especially in their home stadium. The Azkals winger treats the home team with the same respect as he did to all previous opponents. “We won’t take them lightly. We haven’t done that to any team in this competition thus far. As i said, the confidence of the squad now especially getting out of this group, is very high. Were looking forward for the game against a strong opposition with the crowd behind them. I feel confident that we can get a result.”
The home crowd will be a factor in this match with at least half of the 30,000 capacity expected to support the Johorean team. Ramsay relishes the chance of playing in front of a hostile crowd. “What footballer doesnt want to play in front of a packed crowd? I mean, rest assured well go out there and well give them decent competition. We’re confident that we can get a result and quite doing that were going back to Bacolod with a point or three points behind us and I hope that our home crowd in Bacolod will make the difference and give us the win.”
The first leg is set on May 17 in Johor with the return leg on May 31 in Bacolod. The kickoff for the first semifinal is slated at 845PM with live coverage on Fox Sports.

16 May 2017

Home Utd grab vital away stalemate as Plazibat break Global hearts at the death

By Kevin Estrada

MANILA -- S-League's Home United had snatched a vital draw away at ten-man Global Cebu in the most dramatic fashion, eking out a 2-2 draw in their first leg of the AFC Cup ASEAN Zone Semifinal tonight at the Rizal Memorial.

The visiting Protectors came back from a goal down twice over the short-handed hosts and will have two away goals to bring back to the Lion City two weeks from now, as both sides scored on each half to split the pot heading into the return leg.

Global Cebu will have to rue their missed chances, as well as shortage in manpower in the next leg, with Marjo Allado will have to ponder his defensive formation in Jalan Besar after Amani Aguinaldo has been tossed to the showers in the second half, as he already started the semifinal one centre-back short after Wesley Dos Santos has been suspended on cards.

In what has been an equal battle between two group winners, it was the home side who struck first just fifteen minutes in, when Darryl Roberts converted on a Hikaru Minegishi pass to chip it to the back of Hassan Sunny's net for his fourth goal of the tournament.

However Adam Swandi equalized 18 minutes later, tapping the ball into the empty net after Faris Ramli wiggled away from Jerry Barbaso to put the half on even footing at a goal apiece.

But Aguinaldo regained the lead for the Queen City outfit seven minutes after the restart, beating everyone from a Kemy Agustien corner with a shot to the roof.

Stipe Plazibat's introduction right after the goal changed the game in favor of the away side, as he was at hand with two plays that tilted the tie in their balance.

The Croatian duly draw Aguinaldo's second bookable offence in the 76th minute when he was harshly tackled to the right leg after beating the centre-back on the turn.

With four added minutes after the 90th minute, more drama ensued as Sunny showed his form that frustrated the Azkals in the Suzuki Cup last November, denying Minegishi and late substitute Misagh Bahadoran with timely shot-stopping, the first of them even hit the crossbar.

And in the final play of the game, Plazibat made the man advantage count by rising from a header from a Song Ui-Yong corner that made the score interesting as it goes to Singapore for the second leg.


AFC Cup : Global Cebu 2-2 Home United

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15 May 2017

Transitioning Global Cebu look to put internal problems aside for Home faceoff

By Kevin Estrada

MANILA -- Global Cebu will try to put aside the crisis that hounded them ahead of their ASEAN Zone semifinal with S.League's Home United tomorrow.

Coming off the heels of the shock departure of Toshiaki Imai last week, newly-installed interim manager Marjo Allado dismisses any sort of pressure today as they will try to sustain their momentum from the group stage by not changing anything in the system the Japanese tactician had implemented.

"Coach Imai will be missed but the mentality is just to keep on winning games," the long-time gaffer of UST Men's team said.

On the eve of their home tie tomorrow at 7:30PM at Rizal Memorial, Allado acknowledges the tough match-up, especially both of the protagonists came to the knockout stage as winners of their respective groups and its respective results will not matter.

"It's not an easy game for us at home. We do not care about the results of Home Utd in S.League and AFC Cup," Allado added.

With his health improving, Misagh Bahadoran is still doubtful to start for tomorrow but he is willing to come off the bench if his mentor will allow, depending on the recommendations of their medical staff.

"The team is winning all the games without me, so if the coach wants me to play, I'll play," the skipper commented.


14 May 2017

JPV Marikina spoils Davao’s home debut with close win

By Ferdin Sanchez

Everything looked set for a fantastic debut of the Philippines Football League in Mindanao soil as pre-match hype and rigorous preparations hoped to propel the home side to an inspired display in front of a raucous 4,384-strong crowd. 

However, JPV Marikina had other plans as they spoiled the party with a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Davao Aguilas at the Davao Del Norte Sports Complex in Tagum.

A worn-out, wet pitch made it hard for the players to acclimatize themselves to the conditions but Takashi Odawara capitalized with an instinctive finish after only two minutes from kick-off to put the visitors in front.

However, only 6 minutes after the goal, Dylan De Bruycker was again on target to put the ball past Gasic. 

From then on, it was all JPV Marikina. Capitalizing on the sloppy mistakes of Davao at the back and wayward passes by goalie Marko Trkulja, veteran midfielder Boyet Canedo struck from a freekick from just outside the box after a foul by Aguilas captain Jason Cordova.

Just before the halftime whistle, Marikina custodian Gasic was called into action with an instinctive save from a 30-yard screamer by Papua New Guinea international Brad MacDonald.

In the second half, Davao continued to look vulnerable form the counter-attack, struggling to contain the likes of Takumi Uesato and John Celiz from marauding along the flanks.

The visitors looked to put the final nail on the coffin after Uesato scored from a free header coming off a corner as the Aguilas’ defending looked tired and distraught. 

De Bruycker pulled one back from the penalty spot for the Aguilas to set up a thrilling end, only to be frustrated by a resilient JPV backline.

The win earned the Marikina s quad their first three points of the PFL season while the Aguilas remain near the bottom with a point after last week’s draw away at Ilocos United.


13 May 2017

PFL Sunday : Davao Aguilas 2-3 JPV Marikina Fc

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GIRLS’ U15: Philippines win Group B;

VIENTIANE (13 May 2017) – Philippines confirmed their arrival into the semi-finals of the AFF Under-15 Girls’ Championship as group winners when they whitewashed Singapore 3-0 to maintain their perfect record of three wins from three matches.
But what made the win for the Philippines girls more outstanding was the fact that they did not concede a single goal enroute to their passage to the next round.
“We are of course very happy to make the semi-finals as we have met our initial target of winning all our matches,” said Philippines head coach Marielled Benitez.
“There are some things which we need to work on obviously, where the finishing still needs some polishing.”
The pressure was always going to be on Singapore to deliver against one of the best organised teams in the competition this year.
But with the likes of Dorcas Chu and Putri Nur Syaliza Sazali a little off colour on the day, it allowed the Philippines more possession and space to push the ball around.
And it did not take them too long to get on the score sheet when Arianna Lepage banged in a 10th minute cross from Kassandra Kalamea.
In full control and with no danger of losing the battle at the centre of the park ably commanded by the lanky Myria Garcia, the Philippines came at the Singapore defence three minutes later but the attempt from Alexander Yap was saved by keeper Azura  Azlan.
The best that Singapore could muster was a defensive lapse on the part of the Philippines defence in the 35th minute but with only the goalkeeper to beat, striker Danelle Tan just could not find the finishing touch.
Philippines continued their dominance into the second half and with several chances missing the intended target, it was only in the 62nd minute that they were able to add to the score line with Myria heading in the cross from Yap.
Five minutes later, the Philippines completed and celebrated their comprehensive victory with a dipping shot from Cera Mendoza to beat Azura Azlan for the third time on the day.

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PFL Saturday - FC Meralco Manila 2-1 Ilocos United

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Wary Younghusband warns against Meralco taking Ilocos booters lightly


Armed with a deeper and more experienced squad, Meralco Manila skipper James Younghusband insists his side isn’t looking past newcomer Ilocos United when they square off on Saturday in the Philippines Football League.
Meralco will be making its home debut at Rizal Memorial Stadium against an Ilocos side that drew with the Davao Aguilas, 1-1, last week in Vigan.
“We cannot take them lightly,” said Younghusband, who accounted for one of the goals in the 5-1 rout of Stallion Laguna at Biñan Stadium Saturday.

“We’re really happy with last week’s performance. It’s a long way to go but the win is good for our confidence. We need to keep improving. As a team, we scored goals but we think we can do better.”

A victory will extend Meralco’s lead, while Ilocos is seeking to move up after salvaging a point against Davao on Sunday.
Ilocos needed a 79th minute penalty from John Kanayama to cancel a 50th minute goal from Davao’s Dylan De Bruycker.
Former Meralco goalkeeper Baba Sampana and Anton del Rosario anchor the Ilocos defense, which is expected to have its hands full against the talented Meralco attack led by Phil Younghusband.
But Ilocos also poses a threat in another former Meralco player, Angelo Maragisan.
Ilocos coach Ian Gillan is confident that his side can cope with the threat posed by Meralco.
“We want to make this a competitive match,” said Gillan. “This game will be a good gauge for us because the players are performing well in training.”

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/248190/wary-younghusband-warns-meralco-taking-ilocos-booters-lightly#ixzz4guDDLf8G

11 May 2017

Local talents impress nat’l men’s U19 coach


NATIONAL U19 football coach Mari Aberasturi was impressed by the talents of local footballers in Northern Mindanao, even as he recommends more competitive matches for them to improve. Aberasturi, also the head coach of the National University football program, conducted trials for the national men’s U19 football team at the West Rdige Sports Park in Barangay Carmen, Cagayan de Oro. Some 61 players from Cagayan de Oro, Lanao del Sur, Bukidnon, Butuan, and Zamboanga showed up for the trials conducted with the help of Mindanao’s top football coach Percy Guarin. “Certainly Northern Mindanao is a rich source of football talents. I have identified many players who could play for the national team,” he said. Aberasturi, however, refused to name them yet as he still has to conduct trials in Davao City on Thursday, May 11. He also scheduled trials in Cebu, Bacolod, Luzon and Metro Manila. The national coach said that for players to improve their skills and competitiveness, they would need at least 40 matches a year. “That is why I am pushing for local clubs or FA’s (f ootball associations) to organize an eleven-a-side competition for teams from Northern Mindanao to keep players in shape and for them to learn and improve so that they can play professional football in the Philippines Football League (PFL) someday,” he said. Local FA Mocagesco president Percy Guarin is initially talking to several clubs from Butuan, Iligan, Valencia, Malaybalay and Cagayan de Oro to make this tournament happens. Aberasturi, an Asian Football Confedaration Class A coach, also said that these players who showed up for the trials are the future of Philippine football. “Let’s see in less than five years now, some of them will be playing in the PFL already or in the national team. It will only depend on how much hard work will they do to improve themselves,” he added. Aberasturi has eyed at least five players who can play in the national U19 from the Cagayan de Oro trials but refused to name them. He will select 35 players from Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Bacolod, Cebu, Luzon, and Metro Manila trials. The 35 players will then join the training pool which will hold camp before they will be trimmed down to 24 players for the AFF U18 2017 Championship on September 4 to 18 in Myanmar and the AFC U19 Championship 2018 qualifiers set on November 4to 8 in Cambodia.

Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/sports/2017/05/11/local-talents-impress-natl-mens-u19-coach-541247

GIRLS’ U15: Philippines in semis;

VIENTIANE (11 May 2017) – Philippines booked their place in the semi-finals of the Under-15 Girls’ Championship in style when they whipped Cambodia 3-0 as Singapore fought their way back into contention with a 2-1 win over Indonesia.
With just four teams in Group B, the fight for a place in the next round is now down to between Singapore and Cambodia who have each picked up three points while Indonesia are already out after two losses in a row.
The final game in the group in two days will determined who will make the cut to the next round to join the Philippines with Singapore having the tougher tie of having to take on the group leaders.
Cambodia will complete their group fixtures against Indonesia.
In the game this evening, the top of the table clash saw a confident Philippines side taking to the field against a Cambodian side which seems a little fatigued for the task ahead.
And this affected their game as the more physically superior Philippines side made full use of their advantage to contain the Cambodians to much in their own half.
Midfielder Alexander Yap, who was a handful in their first game, continued to terrorise the Cambodians defence. And in the 14th minute, she delivered the first goal for the Philippines with an exquisite freekick to beat Cambodian keeper Kory Muoykanha.
Cambodia tried to put some semblance of a fightback and the best that they could muster throughout the evening was a 34thminute effort from Chhorn Sreynit, who while managed to shirk her marker, just could not find the finishing touch for the goal.
That failure to draw level prodded the Philippines into further action and just before the break, a nice build up from the right saw Lazo Diaz scoring from close range.
With Cambodia hardly putting up a fight as they continued to defend in numbers into the second, the Philippines took more control of the game as they attacked from either flanks to put the pressure on their opponents
Several chances went begging for a fine finish although Anya Fuentes finally found the third goal for the Philippines in the 65thminute for the final score.