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Nofa Rules N Cotabato, Advances to U22 Semi-Final
Thursday, January 28, 2016 By HENRY G. DOBLE
NEGROS Occidental Football Association (Nofa) dismissed the rains and cold air at the North Ceres Football Field in Talisay City Wednesday and dominated the visiting North Cotabato FA, 3-nil in the opening match of the 2016 Philippine Football Federation (PFF)-Smart U22 Amateur Championship.
The win secured the host club a semi-final ticket tomorrow.
Joining Nofa in the semis are Davao FA which beat Camarines Norte, 10-0; Cavite FA; and Misamis Occidental Ozamis FA. Cavite stopped Bukidnon, 2-1 and Misamis downed Baguio 4-0. Pairing will be drawn today.
Nofa’s scoring trio were foreign reinforcements Nigerian Usman Ilimona and Cameroonian Madi Taliform, and San Carlos City-native Jerald Paparon.
Ilimona opened Nofa’s offense early in the 18th minute goal for a 1-nil advantage at half.
The Negrense side continued to take control with consistent attacks inside the box, including the missed shot by Ilimona which hit the cross bar. Paparon nailed Nofa’s second goal on a scrappy play in the 59th minute.
PFF U22 Football: Negros Edges Cavite, Makes Finals
(philstar.com) | Updated January 29, 2016 - 4:13pm
BACOLOD CITY - Negros Occidental leaned on a Charles Barberan penalty kick to nip Cavite, 1-0, Friday and advance to the finals of the PFF Smart Under-22 Amateur Football Championship at Panaad Stadium here.
The 18-year-old Barberan, a University of St. La Salle standout, was on target from the spot in the 15th minute, lifting the hosts to the title game where it will face either Davao or Misamis Occidental for the crown on Sunday.
Davao and Misamis Occidental were slated to play in the second semifinal late Friday.
Negros’ Nigerian striker Eli Usman was brought down inside the box and Barberan stepped up to cooly plant the ball to the top corner for what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
The hosts couldn’t find a second goal despite numerous attempts in the second half, but coach John Carmona expressed satisfaction over the play of his side.
“We dominated the game and dictated the flow so I’m happy with that,” said Carmona.
“But we have to get better in finishing off our chances. We’re fortunate Cavite wasn’t able to capitalize with the chances that they also had.”
Negros Occidental, Davao Set Up Finale Date in PFF-Smart U-22 Amateur Championship
From: Karlo Sacamos January 29, 2016, 07:50 pm
Negros Occidental, Davao set up finale date in PFF-Smart U-22 amateur championship
NEGROS Occidental and Davao dispatched respective foes on Friday to arrange a final showdown in the Philippine Football Federation-Smart Under-22 amateur football championship at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
The host Negrenses tripped Cavite, 1-0, before the Davaoeños outdueled Misamis Occidental, 5-2, to seal the finale set on Sunday.
Charles Barberan struck the lone goal that mattered for the Negrenses against the Arellano-powered Caviteños in a battle between favorites.
The 18-year-old University of St. La Salle star converted from the penalty spot 15 minutes into the match, a goal that proved enough after the hosts bungled the rest of their chances.
NEGROS OCCIDENTAL FA BAGS PFF-SMART U22 NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
NOFA beats Davao to win PFF U22 title Firing a 15-yarder right straight into the goal in the 74 th minute, Charles Ivan Barberan scored the lone marker that allowed host Negros Occidental Football Association to beat Davao FA and capture the inaugural title of the PFF Smart U22 Championship at the Panaad Stadium yesterday. A winger, Barberan found himself in the right place at the right time as he caught the cross from striker Ilimona Usman and was a heartbeat ahead of Davao's defense to make the goal. It was a battle of grit and perseverance, of mental toughness and determination as both teams came out strong and aggressive all throughout the match. Davao matched NOFA's height and speed and with their short passes had NOFA buckling down in defense in the first half of the match. NOFA head coach John Carmona said the Davaoeños were very stable and were not erratic in their passes. The team they encountered was not only strong but was fast and dangerous. “They were able to read our direct passes in the first half but we were able to stabilize our offense in the second half,” coach Carmona said, adding that he kept on reminding the players that if they want to win the championship then they have to work very hard for it. “Everybody wants this win. The players felt pressured to be playing the championship before the homecrowd but I told them that the pressure is on Davao,” Carmona added. Davao's head coach Ramonito Carreon's credited NOFA players' mature approach of the championship. While he was satisfied with the performance of his team, Carreon said they have a very young lineup and they simply fell short in the second half. Meanwhile, Arellano University- Cavite FA settled for second runner-up honors after a 4-0 win against Misamis Occ.- Ozamiz FA yesterday morning. Among those who witnessed the championship were NOFA president Ricky Yanson, PFF officials led by PFF General Secretary Ed Gastanes, along with Mayor Monico Puentevella of Bacolod City, San Carlos City Mayor Gerardo Valmayor Jr., and Executive Assistant to the Governor Angel Verdeflor.*NAB
Monday, December 05, 2016 THE University of St. La Salle will represent Negros Occidental and defend the title in next year’s PFF-Smart National Under-22 Championships in Iloilo City. La Salle FC dethroned erstwhile champion San Carlos City FC, 1-0 in the Under-21 division finals of the 2016 Dynamic Football League 3rd Conference on Sunday, December 4, at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
La Salle head coach Norman Fegidero said the victory was sweet but admitted his team started poor. “We struggled at the start of the match. My players need to adjust to San Carlos FC defense. It was in the second half that the boys got the break and scored on a penalty,” he said.
“The lack of championship experience due to absence of competitive tournaments is one of the causes why the boys were short on decision making,” Fegidero added. Ahead of the national finals, Fegidero said he will get players from other teams to beef up the Negros Occidental side as it defends the national title.
For San Carlos FC mentor John Carmona, despite the loss, he’s still happy and contented with his players’ performance.
“We had the chance to score. It’s all about the breaks and La Salle got it. That’s part of the game and we should learn from it,” he added.
Ricky Yanson, president of Negros Occidental Football Association and chairman of Dynamic Football League, said the conference was “just perfect and timely as it highlighted the U21 finals being the qualifying for next year’s PFF-Smart National U22 Championships.”
THE 2017 Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Smart Under-22 (U-22) Amateur Football Championship tentatively set this month in Iloilo City remains uncertain as the federation has yet to announce the exact date of the national finals. Cyril Dofitas, PFF Tournament Department head, said on Thursday, January 19, they will still meet with the sponsor this week to finalize the details and budget of the tournament.
“We will send the official announcement to provincial football associations the soonest,” he said.
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