Philam Life 7s Football League Season 3 Match Day 8: Real Amigos Upset Super Eagles, Ghana F.C. Remains Undefeated
Women: Sugod Malaya, The Younghusband Football Academy, Nomads, Bohemian Sporting Club Notch Key Wins
TAGUIG CITY (24 March 2019) – Football fans were in for a treat Match Day 8 of the Season 3 Philam Life 7s Football League, 7s Women’s League and 7s Youth League at the McKinley Hill Stadium.
Real Amigos was able to pull off a stunner against defending champions Super Eagles, while Ghana F.C. remains unscathed with their latest win. H&J All-Stars, Delimondo-Laro, Superbad, and Futbol Funatics have tallied key wins as well as they try to stay afloat in the win-loss column.
In what was without a doubt the highlight of the day, the Real Amigos wielded the upset axe by stunning the previously-undefeated Super Eagles, 3-1. Newcomer Firat Sen made his presence felt in the ball game, deflecting goal attempts left and right to preserve the victory. He explained that his familiarity with most of the guys gave him an advantage, despite playing only his first game this season.
“It’s my first game but I’ve been playing with these guys. I know their style of play, because we were already together before. Knowing them makes it easy for me to stop them,” explained Sen.
Coach Lerche Njang was visibly happy post game as it somehow felt like winning a title. However, he continues to remind his wards to always focus at the task hand as they gun for more wins.
“It was [like] the finals for us. It was the best win and it feels good. To win against the defending champions is the best thing that could happen,” beamed Njang.
The H&J All-Stars were able to beat Stallion-Laguna in convincing fashion. After being down 0-2 in the first few minutes, the team was able to tie the score come half time. From there, they never looked back as they ended with a 5-2 victory.
Striker Alex Elnar credits their success to their overall positive spirit and to their key adjustments in the second half.
“We’re very positive, everyone was giving their thoughts on how we were doing [at first]. We implemented our adjustments in the second half, and we played really good football. In the second half, we made three goals and overall it was a good game,” said Elnar.
On the other hand, Delimondo-Laro F.C. also got their fifth victory of the season by outlasting a gritty Tondo F.C. squad, 3-1. Despite the final score, Daniel Peters mentioned that it was closer than the tally suggests, and he further credited the Manila-based squad for their toughness.
“Yeah, they’re definitely a very tough side. The boys, they fight and they’re really tough – it comes out in the way that they play. It’s always fun to play against opponents like that when you’re in for a really tough game,” bared Peters.
Superbad notched its second win in a row after defeating Matu Deportivo, 4-1. Dealing with missing some key personnel particularly on defense, Iggy Halili stepped up to be the team’s goalkeeper, making the win much more satisfying for him and the club. He also mentioned that the team’s chemistry has been improving day-by-day, which bodes well for the squad.
“We were actually worried before the start of the game because we were only six players 20 minutes before kick-off. I had to step up for the team and player as the keeper. Luckily, it didn’t show in the performance of the boys for today. Eight weeks in, the chemistry is getting there. We’ve been through the toughest teams and we’re trying to capitalize the next few weeks to try climb up to the standings,” said Halili.
Meanwhile, the Futbol Funatics made up for their tough loss last week by beating Ceres-Negros Youth F.C., 2-1. Abel Gboko has been the team’s offensive linchpin, chipping in one goal and one assist. Playing with a sense of urgency, the Futbol Funatics were able to come out with great energy leading to the victory. With this win, they hope to carry over the momentum in the regular season’s final three games.
“Coach told us to work hard and our heads were like, ‘we need to win the game. We really had to win and to push really hard for this game,” said Gboko.
“I think may three games pa kaming natira. Work hard lang talaga sa three games na ‘yun. Fighting spirit with the team – win or lose, we are a family here,” shared forward Vincent Aceberos.
Rounding out the match day is the tight contest between Ghana F.C. and Bohemian S.C., where the former eked out a crucial 2-1 win. The victory propelled Ghana F.C. at the top standings as they’ve already won eight straight fixtures with no losses. Furthermore, Coach Ayi Bimbo was wary about complacency, and that he would rather focus on the team’s overall improvement rather than the outside noise.
“If you would remember, I told you that we’re not thinking about any of those teams. They are none of our business and we’re just playing and being ourselves. This is a comfortable lead for us. We’re taking over and we plan on continuing to sit at the top,” bared Bimbo.
In the 7s Women’s Football League, The Younghusband Football Academy, Nomads, Bohemian S.C., and Sugod Malaya all ended the night with 2-1 records, thanks to their respective victories.
In a game that went the distance, it was the Younghusband Football Academy that came out on top, 5-4 (via penalty). Head coach Roberto Caboral was highly complimentary to his girls for playing the right way, which is something he has emphasized to them ever since.
“Di namin na-expect na mananalo kami pero sabi ko sa mga players to give their best para makuha natin itong game. Mag-enjoy sila, pero magfocus din sila sa game,” said Coach Roberto Caboral.
Nomads F.C. was able to turn in a clean sheet by defeating Payatas F.C., 3-0. Coach Shane Cosgrove was more than pleased to see the progress his wards have shown in the past few weeks and they plan to carry the momentum moving forward.
“This win is good for the girls’ confidence. The players who came in today did a really good job. We didn’t want to concede today, and we defended better this week than last week,” mentioned Cosgrove.
“In Nomads, we really have good chemistry because we’ve been playing for long. Even if we have new players, individually, I think we’re all really good,” added forward Andie Tiongson.
In the third fixture, the Bohemian S.C. was able to win over Payatas F.C., 3-1. Cathy Aihunu, who was the team’s hero last game, turned in another great offensive performance – chipping in two goals. This proved to be a step in the right direction for Bohemian and being consistent with their efforts will be vital to their success.
“We just have to keep winning and we really have to step our game up and make sure that from here on out, all the games we just win,” said midfielder Tiffany Faulkner.
Sugod Malaya was able to shock Young Pinay by tallying a clean sheet, 2-0. Sofia Margarse’s brace proved to be the difference in the ball game, and coach Jhoseryll Sajonia was satisfied with the way they all played, especially since they lost the last time around.
“Galing kami sa talo last week kaya pinaghandaan talaga namin ito. Nakita namin sa standings na ‘yung team na ito, sila ‘yung Top 1 kaya pinaghandaan namin talaga sila,” said Sajonia.
In the 7s Youth League, Bohemian S.C. and Nomads have notched great wins in various age brackets.
In the U9 division, Bohemian S.C. have posted clean sheets against Aspire (4-0) and Marista (8-0). Their U13 counterparts have won against Socceroo (1-0) as well. Nomads also joined in the fray by winning over G8 (4-0), and Socceroo (2-0).
Meanwhile, Caribbean won over Nemesis (1-0), while Sugod Malaya and Xavier both ended their day with a win and a draw.
Here are the complete results for Match Day 8:
7s Youth League
Aspire 2, G8 0
Bohemian 4, Aspire 0
Nomads 4, G8 0
Bannister 2, Mondo 0
Bohemian 8, Marista 0
Nomads 2, Socceroo 0
Bannister 3, Marista 2
Aspire 5, Socceroo 0
Bohemian 1, Socceroo 0
Nomads 0, Bannister 0
Caribbean 1, Nemesis 0
Sugod Malaya 2, Loyola 1
Loyola 1, Nemesis 0
Sugod Malaya 1, Bohemian 1
Xavier 2, Socceroo 2
Xavier 2, Nomads 0
7s Women’s Football League
The Younghusband Football Academy 5, Stallion-Hiraya F.C. 4 (4-4 regulation; 1-0 penalties)
Nomads 3, Payatas F.C. 0
Bohemian S.C. 3, Outkast F.C. 1
Sugod Malaya 2, Young Pinay 0
Philam Life 7s Football League Men
H&J All-Stars 5, Stallions Laguna 2
Delimondo-Laro F.C 3, Tondo F.C. 1
Real Amigos 3, Super Eagles 1
Superbad 4, Matu Deportivo 1
Futbol Funatics 2, Ceres F.C. 1
Ghana F.C. 2, Bohemian S.C. 1
About Philam Life 7s Football League:
The Philam Life 7s Football League is the country’s flagship seven-a-side football competition.
Founded by former long-time Philippine Azkals defender and influencer Anton del Rosario, the league aims to provide a premier competition for footballers around the nation, groom players for possible international competitions, and develop talents from the grassroots level all the way to top-caliber level.
The third season is the biggest so far in 7s FL’s early existence, as the league was able to draw a record 12 teams in the men’s seniors division while introducing the inaugural 7s Youth Football League and Women’s 7s Football League.
The Season 3 Philam Life 7s Football League is presented by Philam Life, Megaworld, The Belle and Dragon, Delimondo, Skull Candy, Mizuno, Jollibee, Bootcamp, and Downy Sports with ESPN 5 and Manila Bulletin as its media partners.
MANILA – The Philippine South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) has partnered with rehydration specialist POCARI SWEAT to be the exclusive rehydration isotonic drink of the 30th South East Asian games.
POCARI SWEAT the leading brand of Otsuka Pharmaceutical signed up as a Gold Tier Sponsor for the SEA games.
PHISGOC Chairperson Alan Peter Cayetano welcomes POCARI SWEAT to its roster of growing private partners which have signified their support to ensure the Philippine’s successful hosting of the games.
“The continuous outpouring of support from different multinational companies boosts our confidence that we can overcome all the challenges to deliver the best SEA games ever,” Cayetano said.
In a simple signing ceremony held on March 25, Cayetano thanked POCARI SWEAT for trusting PHISGOC and working with the entire organizing team for the successful hosting of this year’s SEA Games.
Mr. Yoshihiro Bando, President, PT. Amerta Indah Otsuka, signed the MOA on behalf of POCARI SWEAT.
Launched in the eighties, POCARI SWEAT has established its brand across Asia.
Although it has been regular partner of the Asian Games, this is the first time POCARI SWEAT will hitch its name to the Southeast Asian Games.
“We are happy to share with our partners that the preparations are in full swing and the entry of POCARI SWEAT will provide a big boost to our commitment to achieve our goals and tasks,” said Cayetano.
PHISGOC assured their international private partners that they will be given the best value for their sponsorship noting that the Philippines have raised the standards of hosting such an international tournament.
Earlier this year, PHISGOC welcomed the entry of Ajinomoto, Asics, Atos, GL Events, Grand Sport, Marathon, Mikasa, Molten and Philippine Airlines to its growing list of sponsors ensuring that the games are successful with the participation of both government and international giant sponsors combined. The 30th SEA Games will be broadcast in partnership with Media Pro Asia.(pr)
Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Chairman Alan Peter Cayetano together with Philippine Olympic Committee Secretary-General Patrick Gregorio, PT. Amerta Indah Otsuka President Yoshihiro Bando and Otsuka Solar Philippines Inc., President Kohei Oyamada at the 30th SEA Games Sponsorship Signing Ceremony at SM Aura, Taguig.(pr)
In the recently concluded 82nd Araw Ng Davao Interschool Swimming Competition held at Ateneo de Davao University Basic Education Department, the UP Mindanao Varsity Swimming Team bagged a total of 5 GOLD, 7 SILVER and 6 BRONZE MEDALS.
Bhazel Anne Acac (3rd year-BS Food Technology)- 4 GOLD and 2 SILVER
Juan Antonio Mendoza (4th year-BS Agribusiness Economics)- 1 GOLD, 3 SILVER and 2 BRONZE
Xenita Daniele Co (2nd year-BS Architecture)- 1 SILVER, 1 BRONZE
Karl Paolo Gelito (1st year-BS Food Technology)- 1 SILVER and 1 BRONZE
Joshua Miguel Diaz (1st year-BS Anthropology)- 1 BRONZE
Bea Matanguihan (1st year-BS Architecture)- 1 BRONZE
Jobim Carlos hopes to mark his return to Philippine Golf Tour Asia in triumphant fashion as he shoots for a title repeat in the ICTSI Riviera Golf Challenge, which reels off March 27 at the Langer layout in Silang, Cavite.
The former national champion edged veteran Tony Lascuña by two at Riviera last year to score his breakthrough win in three years as pro, a victory that sparked his surge in the PGT where he won two tournaments at Apo and in Cebu while turning in five top five finishes to emerge the Order of Merit champion.
“I couldn’t have done it without hard work,” said Carlos of his OOM feat. “It says a lot about my improvement as a player and I think I am more competitive than ever.”
He aims to put on display that fiery form again when he mixes it with his fellow local top guns and a host of foreign bidders also out to make an impact in the second-to-last tournament of the 2018-19 PGTA season.
Carlos vied in the Singapore Open and when Jhonnel Ababa retained his PGTA crown at Pradera Verde last January with the Meycauayan, Bulacan find raring to get another crack at the crown in the $100,000 championship put up by ICTSI and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.
But he will be up against a fired-up field priming up for the 101st Philippine Open on April 3-6, including top players from Singapore, Thailand, England, Taiwan, the US, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Venezuela, Macedonia, the Netherlands and Spain.
PGTA leg winners Damien Jordan and David Gleeson of Australia head the foreign challenge along with PGT titlist Nicolas Paez of the US, Thai stalwarts Pasavee Lertvilai, Wisut Artjanawat and Nirun Sae-ueng, PGT winner Guido Van der Valk of the Netherlands, and Americans Brett Munson and Joshua Salah.
The other local aces will be as much tested as Carlos and their foreign counterparts, including Tony Lascuña, who is out to break a long title spell, along with PGTA Southwoods winner Jay Bayron, Phl Masters champion Jerson Balasabas, PGTA CAT Open titlist James Ryan Lam and PGTA Summit Point victory Joenard Rates.
The 50 plus ties after 36 holes will advance to the last two rounds of the event.
Meanwhile, the leading pros will team up with guests and officials of the event’s chief backers ICTSI, Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, K&G Golf Apparel, BDO, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Empire Golf and Sports and M.Y. Shokai Technology, Inc. in Tuesday’s traditional pro-am tournament.