PFF Smart National Club Championship
Dec 9 -13 Final qualifying round in Bago City and University of St La Salle , Bacolod City
Semifinals and finals at Panaad Stadium , Dec 15-21
1. BSU Fc (Baguio City- Benguet FA)
2. Del Monte Fc (Bukidnon FA)
3. Flame United Cherifer Fc (Cavite FA)
4. Columbia Fc (Davao FA)
5. Global Fc (Leyte FA)
6. CBSUA Fc (Naga City-Cam Sur FA)
7. Ceres Fc (Negros Occidental FA)
8. M'lang Fc (North Cotabato)
9. Palawan Fc (Palawan FA)
10. Alia Fc (Zamboanga FA )
Group A: Global FC , BSU (Baguio) Palawan FC Columbia FC (Davao) Alia FC (Zamboanga)
Group B : Flame United-Cherifer (Cavite) CBSUA (Naga City ) Ceres Fc (Negros Occidental) M Fortich-Del Monte (Bukidnon)
M'lang FC from North Cotabato withdrew.
07 December 2013
05 December 2013
04 December 2013
Karl Decena, InterAksyon.com
The Loyola Meralco Sparks and Pachanga Diliman FC square off for the 2013 United Football Cup on Thursday at the Emperador Stadium.
Loyola and Pachanga will do battle at 8 p.m. after the match for third place between Green Archers United Globe and Philippine Air Force at 5 p.m. Both games will be aired live on AksyonTV.
The Sparks are looking to hoist a UFL trophy since building up to be one of the league’s powerhouse clubs in 2011, when Philippine football stars Phil and James Younghusband signed with the team.
Loyola, the overwhelming favorite to win the title, is also aiming to erase the memory of its 2-nil Cup final loss to Philippine Air Force in 2011.
With neither losses nor surrendered goals under their name, the Sparks are seeking to cap the season with a perfect record. They routed their opponents by double-digit margins during the group stages before blanking Global FC and Green Archers United on their way to the championship match.
Standing on Loyola’s way is Pachanga, which is making a surprise entry to the Cup finals after earning promotion to Division One just last season.
Missing former national team striker Nate Burkey due to suspension, Pachanga is hoping to get enough production from veterans Anto Gonzales and Reza Amirkhizan to counter the talented Loyola.
Pachanga, which ranked ninth among the 16 teams that qualified for the knockout stages, dethroned Stallion FC and ended Air Force’s Cinderella run to book a spot in the title match.
Janrick Soriano scored the lone goal of the final match in the 60th minute to give Ceres Transport another championship and prevent Dynamic Builders from scoring a grandslam this year in the 3rd Conference of the North Football League at the Ayala North Point pitch in Talisay City, Sunday.
Soriano’s winning goal restored the Norman Fegidero-mentored Ceres team on top of the league after placing second twice to Dynamic Builders this year. It also affirmed Soriano’s status as the tournament most valuable player along with three of his teammates, who were cited for their impressive performance in NFL’s third conference.
Teeming with talents, Ceres had Michael Casas, the tournament’s best goalkeeper, Lemuel Unabia, best defender, and Joshua Fegidero, best midfielder. Jayson Panhay salvaged the best midfielder honors for Dynamic Builders while Kent Guevarra was named most improved player.
Ceres lineup is composed of Archie Pamilar, Bes dela Noche, Julius Navales, Paul Villanueva, Miguel Gonzales, Dominic Segaya, Ian Aspilla, Arvin Villaruel, Andy Coscoluela, Ariel Opelario, Mike Benedicto, Kenneth Dolloso, Edmund Escalona, Marvin Broce, James Dinsay, Nicolas Golez, Derek Locsin, Johndel de la Cruz, Paolo Deles, Miguel Rivero, Junjun Espino, Fegidero, Carlo Tacusalme, Oliver Colina, Mark Hilay, Ronnievic Pallerna, Casas, Unabia, Soriano, and Leo Rey Yanson.
Assisting Fegidero in the coaching task are Ronnie Tornilla and Simon Hulleza.
Now on its 6th year, the NFL started at the Villa Valderrama pitch in Mandalagan, Bacolod City, as a 9-a-side “barkada tournament” among the members of the La Salle-Bacolod alumni who are into football.
In 2010, the tournament started playing at the Ayala North Point with more clubs joining the competition and giving the three pioneers – Ceres, Dynamic Builders, and Trimaxi Agro – a stiff competition.
After claiming the championship in last year’s 2nd Conference Trimaxi finished second runner-up this year after blanking Jakalz, 2-0, in the battle for third place, Sunday. Aaron Amantillo scored Trimaxi’s first goal in the 11th minute while Jalsor Soriano sealed the win with a goal in the 75th minute.
Silver Dragon FC received the Fair Play award while Jakalz and Las Buenas FC completed the six-team cast of the tournament.
Meanwhile, after wrapping up the NFL competition, Ceres FC will focus on its title defense campaign in the PFF Smart National Club Championship national finals on December 9 to 21 in Bacolod City.
Ramon Janeo, member of the Ceres coaching staff that won the 2012 championship, said the team is presently training for the tournament and they hope to retain the championship.
With some of its players currently enrolled at the University of St. La Salle, Ceres FC team manager Leo Rey Yanson has also extended help to the La Salle-Bacolod team that won the championship in the 2013 University Games and the NOPSSCEA senior’s football.
Janeo said that Ceres is also planning to launch next year a football tournament that will strengthen the football community in Bacolod City.*NAB
Visayan Daily Star