September 25, 2017

Titans won the 2013 Milo Little Olympics Football National Finals

Springdale Titans Secondary Football Team with Coach Mario Ceniza

TEAM Visayas swept the elementary and high school football fans in impressive fashion, routing their foes in the final day of the Milo Little Olympics National finals.

The elementary team, represented by the Don Bosco Technological Center of coach Joselito Bono, scored a third straight shutout with a 6-0 win over Mindanao to finish the tournament with nine points, five points clear of second placer Mindanao.

On the other hand, Coach Mario Ceniz and the Paref Springdale Titans capped the affair with an 8-0 rout over Mindanao to win the high school title on goal difference.

Visayas and NCR finished with seven points on two wins and a draw, but the rout over Mindanao gave the home boys a seven-goal cushion over NCR, which beat Luzon, 1-0, yesterday morning.

Meanwhile, it was the third straight title for Don Bosco and they did it in dominant fashion, routing Luzon, 14-0, in their first game and blanking NCR, 5-0 next. So dominant were the Bosconians that their goalkeeper Renz Murillo didn’t even get to touch the ball in the first day.

“It was only against Mindanao that he got to touch the ball,” Bono said.

Against Luzon, Christian Agot and Jascha Tabar took turns in menacing the defense and after 59 minutes, both had five goals to their names, with Agot completing a hat trick in the first 20 minutes. ARcangelo Manlosa also scored twice, while Dustin Ramirez and Jay Ian Alinsugay had one each.

Against NCR, Ramirez, Tabar, Agot and Vinz Ybañez had Visayas up 4-0 in just 20 minutes, while against Mindanao, Don Bosco had a relatively slow day. Ramirez scored twice inside 18 minutes to make it 2-0 before Luis Colina had two more and Agot and Tabar added one each in the second half to seal their win.

On target

Aside from the prolific scorers, the other members of the team are Antonio ALforque, Rey Bryan Cruz, Dale dela Cruz, Carlos Orale, Petrovic Pacifico, Luis Buyco and Januar Villarin.

In the secondary division, Springdale knew it had to win by at least two goals to overtake rivals NCR, which beat Luzon earlier, 1-0. And Mario Lorenzo Ceniza, Pericles Dakay Jr., Ryan James Haosen and Luis Alvarez immediately went to work, keeping Mindanao’s keeper Francis Salvo busy.

However, it was Mindanao that got the first real chance but Philippe Palamine’s striker from 10 yards was denied by a foot save by Conner Hines. In the 20th, Visayas finally got on board, Ceniza unleashed a shot from outside the box that Salvo failed to collect, leaving Haosen a simple tap-in to an open goal.

Six minutes later, Ceniza lovely through ball found an open Haosen but he shot high and a minute later, the wily midfielder didn’t take any more chances, taking a wicked shot from 25 yards for the second goal.

So powerful was the shot that Salva was able to tap it with both hands but it still went in. The keeper then signaled his coach to have him replaced. In the 32nd, Dakay, who scored the equalizer against NCR, made it 3-0 with another shot from outside the box.

Things got worse for Mindanao in the second half with Mark Nacional scoring a hat trick, Dakay adding another and substitute Dominic Canas hitting one for the final count.

The other members of the team are James Balao, Julius Caliva, Maverick Jacalan, Xavier Miguel Larrauri, Jose Lipardo, Sabin Veloso, Jon Young and sub keeper Domycko Villacin, who got in in the final minutes of the game against Mindanao.

Published in Sun.Star News Sports.