Post by rpbenchwarmer on Aug 10, 2011 10:22:34 GMT 8
Smart Sports eyes bigger football tourney Philippine Daily Inquirer 9:27 pm | Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
CAGAYAN DE ORO—Pleased by the outcome thus far of the inaugural PFF-Smart Club Championships, Smart Sports executive Epok Quimpo announced Tuesday that they intend to have “a bigger and better” competition next year.
“We aim to institutionalize the PFF-Smart Club Championships to promote the development of football clubs all over the country,” said Quimpo on the day that the tournament’s group eliminations kicked off simultaneously here and in Iloilo.
“By next year we hope that the clubs will be able to bolster their rosters and have more of them competing in this annual event,” Quimpo said. “Definitely, this tournament will be even bigger and better in 2011.”
Quimpo joined Philippine Football Federation Mariano Araneta Jr. in kicking off the Group B eliminations in his hometown of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, yesterday with opening matches pitting Goshenland Baguio United FC against Columbia FC-Davao and Smart Stallions FC versus Pachanga FC-NCR.
PFF executive vice president and Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental Football Association president Mike Batiles and Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno formally opened the Group A elims supported by Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano at the Don Gregorio Pelaez Memorial Stadium here.
Smart San Beda FC-Rizal, featuring the popular Younghusband brothers, Phil and James, took on the Bao Breakers of Iligan in the first match while Teknika FC-NCR and Laos FC-Leyte collided in the second game witnessed by a sellout crowd at the stadium.
Between the two matches in Iloilo, the Stallions-Pachanga tussle promises to be action-packed with the football-crazy Ilonggos expected to cheer on the home side.
But Stallions coach Ernie Nierras said that beating Pachanga, which boasts four players from Cameroon, will be a tough squad to beat, especially considering that he will only have 15 players to field.
“I lost my best midfielder, South Korean Lee Joo Young, who was recruited by a Second Division club in the K-League, and we have only 15 players so I am very careful to protect my players from injuries,” Nierras, who is also the mentor of the national women’s squad, said.
“We expect to play a tactical game against Pachangca but I believe it will be a good match,” he said. Pachanga coach Norman Fegidero is also facing manpower problems and only has 13 players to rely on.
The 13th player in fact is his own son, striker Joshua Fegidero, who was coming over from Cebu early yesterday.
“I’m more worried about our substitutions because we only have 13 players to count on,” Fegidero, a former national coach, said. “I also believe it is going to be a good match and the first squad to score a goal will likely be the winner.”
While the crowd’s focus here was likely to bethe first game between San Beda and the Bao Breakers because of the presence of the Younghusband siblings, intriguing was the match of Laos and Teknika since they are closely identified with national team manager Dan Palami, who is also the president of the Leyte Football Association.
But Laos coach Jogie Ronda and Teknika mentor Francis Muescan vowed that both of their sides would go all out for a win since a spot in the semifinal round is at stake.
“This is going to be a no-holds-barred contest because both of us want to make it to the semifinals,” Ronda said. “We want to one of the teams to make it to the next round in our group.”
To give relief and recovery to both the pitch and the competing teams, organizers have decided to play the match every other day with the last day of the matches in both groups to be held on Saturday.
Post by lonestriker7 on Aug 10, 2011 16:13:52 GMT 8
sa tingin ko parang sinadya ngang maging 2-2..all they have to do is pataasan na lang sila ng goal sa mindanao top qualifier na Bao Breakers kasi parang siguradong pasok na dito ang san beda sa cagayan group.. ;D
as for iloilo group..its not surprising that pachanga fc beat stallion fc..pachanga fc top the ncr qualifiers and will surely top the iloilo group..
CAGAYAN DE ORO – James Younghusband scored a hat-trick in powering Smart San Beda FC past Bao Breakers, 6-0, while Pachanga stunned Stallions FC of Barotac Nuevo, 2-0, as the group eliminations of the PFF-Smart Club Championships got under way here in Iloilo last Tuesday.
James opened his blitz with a splendid left corner kick in the 34th minute then added two more in the 49th and 52nd minutes in anchoring the charges of former national coach Aris Caslib to their first Group
A victory in front of a sizeable weekday crowd at the Don Gregorio Pelaez Memorial Sports Complex here.
Vaugn Melendres headed in the icebreaker in the 24th minute for San Beda while Eliezer Fabroada (41st) and Phil Younghusband (73rd), who arrived from abroad last Monday, were the team’s other scorers.
Despite the lopsided match, Caslib was dissatisfied with the form of his players saying “we still lack cohesion because of the long layoff and I just hope we get better as the tournament goes along.”
The other Group A match pitting Teknika and Laos ended in a riveting 2-all standoff in a physical and bruising encounter that saw Azkal striker Misagh Bahadoran getting a red card in the 56th minute for elbowing a Laos defender who was closely marking him.
Because of the offense, Bahadoran will be suspended for one match and will not be on the bench when Teknika tackles Bao Breakers on Thursday.
Nigerians Aye Arye Nil (5th) and Elhabbib Badreldin (10th) scored for Teknika while Ange Tressor Guisso (12th) and Papiniano Macayanan (22nd) were Laos’ goal scorers.
Teknika’s Mark Cortes, Badreldin and Kama Valentine and Laos’ Remu Alain-Seryr and William Diaz were slapped yellow cards each attesting to the heated contest between two sides identified with national team manager Dan Palami, who is also the president of the Leyte Football Association.
Over at the Barotac Nuevo pitch in Iloilo, the Pachanga booters silenced the hometown crowd by one of their own provincemates as Shinmar Pelongco, a UST mainstay but who was born in the nearby town of Calinog, scored the first marker that deflected off Stallions Jason Cordova and into the net in the second minute.
Alex Obiang of Cameroon had a nifty header in the 77th minute from a right cross by Joshua Fegidero, brother of Pachanga coach Norman Fegidero, for the team’s other goal.
“I am glad we still won despite having only 13 players,” Fegidero said yesterday a day after the match. “Expect us to go all out on the offensive against the Davao booters tomorrow.”
Columbia FC of Davao dumped Baguio United FC, 2-0, in the other Group B match.
Columbia FC’s scorers were Glen Bolaquina and Nur Mentang in the 24th and 45th minutes, respectively. (PFF Media Bureau)
FT: Teknika NCR FC 9-0 Ba-o Iloilo Breakers FC Columbia Davao FC 1-0 Pachanga NCR FC San Beda Rizal 1 - 0 Laos Leyte Stallion FC IloIlo 10 - 3 Goshenland Baguio
the result is impressive especially leyte and davao.......this justify my belief that national league should not be base in manila alone it should be nationwide....an incoming UFL team was defeated by the team that to other has no chance in winning the game....while teknika and san beda have the hard time defeating leyte....this is promising showing that there a lot hidden talent needed to explore in the south........
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