The Negros Island Region secondary football team wonover Central Luzon, 8-2, in Group A at the height of simultaneous matches on the second day of the 2017 PalarongPambansain Antique on Sunday.
Central Luzon IX started with shooting two consecutive goals in the first 20 minutes of the match but NIR seized the momentum with five successive goals from Joshua Broce, Jayson Galve and Christian Peñalosa for a 5-2 scoreline at the break.
The Negrense footballers remained on attacking mode in the second half as they Broce completed a hatrick while Luis Caluor had a brace to seal the win for NIR. The team will play against Northern Mindanao today at 2:15 p.m.
The rout was the first win for the Negrensebooters whose first match against the National Capital Region on Saturday ended in a 1-1 draw.
Composed of players from the cities of San Carlos, Victorias, Bago, Bacolod and Dumaguete, the team is mentored by head coach Joe Marie Dolino with Jose Rey Nanalabe and VirgilioSubradoas assistant coaches.
Meanwhile, NIR elementary booters keeps a 2-0 win-loss card going into third assignment today against the Cordillera region.
The team, with the core of its players from Bacolod City, beat Eastern Visayas, 3-0, and Northern Mindanao, 4-1, in their first two matches.*MLG