30 April 2013

Dynamic, Ceres arrange battle for NFL title

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
SUNDAY, May 5, is a red letter day when the defending champion Dynamic Builders FC tries to retain its title against powerhouse archrival Ceres FC in the championship match of t of the North Football League first conference at the Ayala North pitch in Talisay City.
The road to the finals was bumpy and the trip not simple, as both clubs sweated it out to escape their respective opponents, 2-1 in last Sunday's semifinals.
Bes de la Noche of Ceres hit the net in the 33rd minute as Silver Dragon FC's defense was caught by surprise. A one-nil advantage at the break was cut short as Richard Canedo nailed the equalizer in the 52nd minute. Joshua Fegidero put in the winning shot in the 75th minute for a Ceres victory.
Dynamic Builders also struggled to nail a goal in the first half as Trimaxi-Agro FC’s defense forced a scoreless 40 minutes of play.
Trimaxi’s defense continued to disappoint the Builders’ offense until Luigi Hilado found some space and sent the ball to the net in the 66th minute.
The jubilation was short-lived as Fredrick Jan Serios evened the board in the 73rd minute and forced the game to extension.
The experienced Jason Cordova saved the day for Dynamic, delivering his team’s winning goal in the 89th minute.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 01, 2013.

Cebu gets Asian Football Confederation’s nod

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
THE Cebu Football Association (CFA) finally received the blessings of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Committee in the country’s debut hosting of an international inter-club tournament in Cebu City next week.
AFC representatives came here last week to check on the preparations and were impressed with how the CFA is handling everything.
The 2013 AFC President’s Cup Group B will be held at the Cebu City Sports Center on May 8, 10 and 12 with clubs Dordoi FC of Kyrgyzstan, Yeedzin of Bhutan, KRL FC of Pakistan and Global FC of the Philippines competing. Group A matches will be played in Nepal, while Group C will be in Cambodia.

CFA has been preparing for this hosting and tried to overcome the challenges that came with it.
With only a week left to polish all the preparations, CFA still has to think about the field, lights and tickets.
The successful turnout of the Face-off: Lions vs. Azkals friendly had helped the local body to gain the trust of AFC committee, which sent representatives to conduct an inspection two weeks ago.
The preparation hit a snag when a stage was set up and took half of the field that the CFA was trying to rehabilitate.
CFA officials said yesterday they were able to solve this.
It left holes in the field after it was removed and the group took the immediate move to plant new grass on each holes left by the frame that were dug deep down on the field.
The stadium lights powered by generator sets were also improved. The Philippine Football Federation sent 20 sets of 1,500-watt lights on top of the 20 sets that the CFA provided themselves.
“If Singapore had impressive lighting, this will be more impressive,” said CFA President Ricky Dakay.
Tickets will still be sold at SM Tickets and will still follow the Sinulog color format. Seated tickets are priced at P1,000 for the VIP, P500 for the red, blue and white areas and P100 for the pink, yellow and green or the general admissions area.
One ticket is good for one game day, which has two scheduled matches.
In offering the public with affordable ticket prices, they will have the season pass promo which is a buy two, take one offer.
The release dates for the tickets have not been announced yet as it waits for the go signal from the AFC.
Head for Security Nimrod Quiñones advised the spectators not to bring umbrellas, deadly weapons, bottled drinks and cannisters on game day for the safety of everyone.
Meanwhile, it will be a tough tournament for Global as it faces Dordoi and KRL, which made it to the final stage last year.
The two guest teams will open the single round robin matches on May 8 at 4:30 p.m. followed by Global FC and Yeedzin FC at 6:30 p.m.
On May 10, it will Dordoi FC against Yeedzin FC followed by Global FC and KRL FC and on May 12, it will Yeedzin FC FC taking on KRL FC and Global will challenged Dordoi FC.
Organizers would like to stress that unlike the previous friendly matches they hosted, this is a tournmaent which means all games will be bearing and all match-ups will be crucial.
“The key to the success of this tournament depends on the full support of the Cebu Football community,” said Ricky Dakay.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 01, 2013.

UFL Div 1 Standings

Stallion FC12110141142733
Loyola Meralco Sparks129213993029
Global FC119113162528
Kaya FC114522013717
PachangaDiliman FC115151618-216
PSG FC113261521-611
Nomads FC11326717-1011
Green Archers112271726-98
Airforce FC122010737-306
Army FC1211101143-324

Stallion-Sta. Lucia fortifies hold of top spot in UFL

By Karlo Sacamos

STALLION-Sta. Lucia leaned on another strong showing from its usual contributors as it walloped Philippine Army, 6-1, on Tuesday night to solidify its hold of the top spot in the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium.
Rufo Sanchez fired four goals, Nathan Alquiros scored for the fourth straight game, and Balot Doctora also chipped in a goal in his return from injury as the Stallions raised their total to 33 points, five points ahead of Global.
Sanchez’s first-half brace was sandwiched by a goal from Alquiros, who has had a seamless transition for the reigning UFL Cup champions since coming in late in the first half of the season after his UAAP 75 duty for La Salle ended.
“Last year kasama na ako sa team rin so pag dating ng season na ‘to, medyo nakuha ko na `yung pag-adjust, kung paano gumalaw,” said the 20-year-old left winger, who is still eligible to play for the Archers for two more years.
Back from a three-game absence, Doctora, who recovered from a left arm injury that needed 10 stitches to heal, assisted on Sanchez’s hat-trick goal in the 61st minute, before Sanchez returned the favor in the 77th when he assisted on Doctor’s strike.
“First time ko bumalik sa laro. Nanibago ako. Pero after all, `yung hard work ng team, `yung buildup nandoon,” the Ilonggo captain said. “Kaya naghihirap kami para makuha namin `yung championship na to. Worth it naman lahat ng pagod namin.”
Sanchez completed his four-goal effort with a successful free kick conversion five minutes before stoppage time.
The Troopers, recently relegated to last place, continued their woes as they have lost their fifth straight game to remain at the cellar with four points to show.

Younghusbands keep the spark in Meralco

By Karlo Sacamos

LOYOLA Meralco turned to the prolific Younghusband brothers to ground Philippine Air Force, 2-0, and move up to second place in the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium on Tuesday night.
James and Phil Younghusband emerged the goal scorers for the Sparks, who increased their point total to 29 points and move ahead of defending champion Global.
But Sparks coach Vince Santos refused to think too much about putting pressure on their fellow leaders, and instead maintained his focus on his shorthanded club, which is still missing the services of Koreans Jang Jo Won and Park Min Ho and scoring threat Freddy Gonzalez.
“For us, we look at our games. We can only affect changes on our matches so we try not to get too fixated on Global or Stallion. Important for us is every day we get better, we learn something different, keep improving.”
James Younghusband put the Sparks on the scoreboard by striking 17 minutes into the game, after which his younger brother doubled the lead 11 minutes before second-half stoppage when he converted a penalty kick that was awarded after James was fouled.
The elder Younghusband could have dealt further damage later on, but his header off a rebound from Mark Hartmann’s free kick attempt just hit the right post.
Still, the match with the Airmen was a tightly fought one compared to the Sparks’ last two victories when the team put up a goal difference of +12.
“I think we did well to create chances. I don’t know if their (Air Force’s) ‘keeper was lucky or we were off or somewhat, but the fact that we created chances, I can’t be too hard on the boys,” said Santos, whose team snapped the Airmen’s two-game winning streak.
“I think today we had enough opportunities. I guess we have to work on our finishing some more,” he added.
The main game of the doubleheader was marred by a commotion seven minutes before stoppage time that led to a red card on Airmen’s Antonio Albor Jr. and a yellow card on the Sparks’ Jang Joo Wong.
Albor scored the winner in Air Force’s game against Army last Saturday.
Air Force stayed in ninth place with six points.


UFL Tuesday , Stallion and Loyola win

UFL Div 1 Tuesday

Stallion 6-1 Army FC

14 min 1-0 Sanchez
26 min 2-0 Alquiros
34 min 3-0 Sanchez
48 min 3-1 Becite
62 min 4-1 Sanchez
77 min 5-1 Doctora Jr
85 min 6-1 Sanchez

Loyola 2-0 Air Force

18 min 1-0 James Younghusband
80 min 2-0 Phil Younghusband PK
84 min Albor , Air Force red card

29 April 2013

UFL contenders Loyola, Stallion shoot for wins against Army, Air Force

Karl Decena, InterAKTV

Contenders Stallion Sta. Lucia and the Loyola Meralco Sparks target victories in separate matches against military squads in United Football League action Tuesday at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill in Taguig.
League leader Stallion faces Philippine Army at 5:15 p.m., while the third-seed Loyola meets Philippine Air Force at 7:30 p.m.
Stallion aims to tighten its grip of the League leadership, currently sporting 10 wins with only one loss to gain 30 points and lead the standings.
The Sparks, meanwhile, is also in the hunt for title contention, placing third place with an 8-2-1 win-draw-loss record for 26 points.
But an easy victory would surely be not an assurance for Stallion and Loyola, as Army and Air Force are now motivated to get as much wins as they can to avoid relegation.
Army is now submerged at the bottom of the standings with a 1-1-9 card for four points. Air Force, meanwhile, is riding on a two-game winning streak after losing its first nine matches of the season for six points and take the ninth place in the table.
The last-placed team at the end of the season will be relegated to Division Two, while the ninth-seed squad needs to face the second division runner-up in a playoff match for a spot in Division One.
AKTV begins live coverage at 5 p.m.


28 April 2013

Boracay Beach Football - May 18 and 19

NO REGISTRATON FEE! Souvenir t-shirts for all participants and free admission to the Sponsor's Night Concert-Party with Futsal Player Stephanie Dan and party games with Azkals Misagh Bahadoran, Carli De Murga, Dennis Wolf, Jeffrey Christianes. Limited slots available. Trophies, Medals and cash prizes at stake for the top 3 winners in each division. For inquiries contact Coach Giovanni De Castro here in FB or call/ text at 0905-282-7323 and 0918-585-3791.

27 April 2013

UFL Div 2 Sunday

April 28, 2013
6:00 pmCimarron FC-Manila All-JapanMcKINLEY HILL
8:00 pmAgila FC-Laos FCMcKINLEY HILL

update :

Cimarron Fc 3-2 Manila All-Japan

18 min 0-1 Yamashita (MAJ) 
38 min 0-2 Tanaka (MAJ)
42 min 1-2 Condat (Cimarron)
60 min 2-2 Floresta (Cimarron)
75 min 3-2 Gadia (Cimarron Fc)

Agila Fc 3-2 Laos Fc

16 min  1-0 Bakare (Agila)
23 min  1-1 Elhabbib (Laos)
44 min  2-1 Roxas (Agila)
75 min  2-2 Ghasemi (Laos)
93 min 3-2 Bakare (Agila)

Team Socceroo FC1010003042630
Union Internacional Manila105322016418
Agila FC96031817118
Forza FC105231814417
Laos FC104242020014
Cimarron FC104152022-213
Dolphins United FC94051714312
Phil. Navy FC102351114-39
Manila All-Japan102171322-97
Cebu Queen City United FC8008024-240

Stage hampers field prep for AFC Presidents Cup

Saturday, April 27, 2013
A MISUNDERSTANDING broke out but was eventually settled after a stage was put up at the Cebu City Sports Center for a religious activity.
The 24 by 32-meter stage is to be used for an annual event of a religious group.
“Ang among concern kay ang kabug-atan sa stage if mulubog nya siya kay patay na ang grass,” said Engr. Rodney Orale, who is in charge of rehabilitating the field for the Asian Football Confederation Presidents Cup, where teams from Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan will face off with Global FC of the Philippines.
The stage is placed where the stage for the Sinulog was placed, and Orale said they were planning to apply fertilizer this weekend in that area to repair the pitch damaged during the Sinulog.
Members of the Cebu Football Association requested the CCSC to not allow the putting up of the stage in the football pitch, which is being prepared for the three-day international tournament.
However, CCSC manager Ricky Ballesteros said they can’t do that because the event was booked last December, while CFA booked their event last March. The CCSC pitch was closed for rehabilitation since March.
Ballesteros also said that they can’t turn down previous bookings of clients.
He also added that there was no written contract between the CFA and CCSC that states they are not allowed to put up a stage in the field.
There had already been previous arrangements between the two groups but these were mostly verbal agreements.
A written contract is set to be signed by both parties when Ballesteros returns from the Palarong Pambansa this Monday.
Ballesteros assured that despite this event, they will always be willing to support the activities of the CFA and that it won’t do much damage to the field.
“It won’t be like the stage in Sinulog. It won’t majorly affect the field,” said Ballesteros.
CCSC had provided the carabao grass for the field and they will be willing to give more if the situation calls for it.
Orale, on the other hand, just hopes the turnout won’t be bad since they can’t do anything about it already especially that the stage has been set.
“Mag ampo na lang sad mi na dili grabe ang damage,” said Orale.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 28, 2013.

NFL semis set Sunday

By Jerome Galunan Jr.

Game schedules
2:30 PM – Ceres vs S. Dragon
4:45 PM – Dynamic vs Trimaxi
Will the defending champion Dynamic Builders and reigning runner-up Ceres Football Club keep their supremacy?
This will be known when both clubs take separate opponents tomorrow in the semifinal matches of the first conference of the North Football League at the Ayala North pitch in Talisay City.
In their last assignment in the elimination round, the Builders ended Las Buenas FC campaign, 7-1.
Three Dynamic players scored double with Jaime Poderoso leading attack in the 2nd and 47th minute as Jayson Panhay in the 15th and 61st minutes, and Ricardo Garcia in the 26th and 57th minutes while Robert Nene added in the 69th minute.
It was only with five minutes before regulation when N. Arandilla scored the lone goal for LBFC.
Meanwhile, Ceres FC blanked Silver Dragon, 4-nil, to fortify its position in the semis.
Joshua Fegidero anchored Ceres’ offense in the 19th, 52nd, and 53rd minutes as Carlo Tacusalme of Ceres scored in 75th minutes.
Trimaxi, on the other hand, secured the last spot in the semis despite suffered an 8-1 setback against Real Negrense.
Eric Gallaga scored Triamxi’s lone goal in the 45th minute while four players from Real scored twin goals in the game that include: Samson Sare (27th and 35th minutes); Rodney Cornel (42nd and 75th minutes); Luis Christian Clauor (59th and 70th minutes); and Daniel Decena (73rd and 76th minutes)./


UFL Saturday - updated

UFL Div 2 :

Team Soccerooo 3-0 Union Int Manila

39 min 1-0 Jeong Woo Lee
74 min 2-0 Jeong Mu Lee
81 min 3-0 Jeong Mu Lee

Forza FC 3-2 Navy FC

18 min 1-0 Emeson (Forza)
26 min 1-1 Leyble (Navy)
56 min 2-1 Tamsi (Forza)
62 min 2-2 Leyble (Navy)
88 min 3-2 Pajibo (Forza)

Div 1

Air Force Fc 1-0 Army FC

1-0 Albor (Air Force)

Updated standings Div 1 and Div 2

Stallion FC11100135132230
Global FC119113162528
Loyola Meralco Sparks118213792826
Kaya FC114522013717
PachangaDiliman FC115151618-216
PSG FC113261521-611
Nomads FC11326717-1011
Green Archers112271726-98
Airforce FC11209735-286
Army FC111191037-274
Team Socceroo FC1010003042630
Union Internacional Manila105322016418
Forza FC105231814417
Agila FC85031515015
Laos FC94231817114
Dolphins United FC94051714312
Cimarron FC93151720-310
Phil. Navy FC102351114-39
Manila All-Japan92161119-87
Cebu Queen City United FC8008024-240