Dynamic, Ceres, Minuluan best in 7-a-side football fest

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014


AZKALS veterans Roel Gener, Yante Barsales, keeper Tats Mercado and former national standouts John Carmona and Ziggy Tonog may have grown unwanted bulges but their legs and skills defied time to give Dynamic Builders FC of Ricky Yanson the 38-Above division of the 1st Ceres FC Friendship 7-A-Side Football Festival last Febuary 1.

The equally-talented Leo Rey Yanson-managed Ceres-Bacolod United FC summoned all its remaining strength in the grueling one-day festival, but ended up losing 2-nil despite the effort of former national team mentor Norman “Nonoy” Fegidero Jr. and the rest of the Transporters.

The Builders survived the non-stop action from morning till night and came out on top team followed by Ceres-BUFC B and FCB-A.

Ceres FC proved that experience remain the toughest weapon as they blanked the much younger Ceres-La Salle team, 1-0, in the Men's Open.

Minulu-an Talisay FC, meanwhile, luckily escaped San Carlos City FC, 2-1.

San Carlos led the first half on Riza Isabelle Carmona's penalty kick but eventual MVP Irish Navaja booted the equalizer in the second half.

Minutes preceding the final whistle, San Carlos scored its own goal to yield the championship crown in a disappointing fashion while JFC and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos finished second and third runner-up, respectively.

Barotac Tamasak FC showed it has better age-group training program by stealing four of seven division titles. The Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo-based club topped the Under -8 boys, U10 boys, U14 girls and U16 boys and settled for first runner-up in the 12U boys won by Bago City.

Completing the champions list are Pag-asa Iloilo in the U14 boys and UNO-R for the U18 boys.

A convergence of 209 teams from different clubs in the country resulted in the biggest football festival ever held in the province of Negros Occidental.

A vision and dream of Ceres FC Manager Leo Rey Yanson, the festival provided football enthusiasts the opportunity to foster and exhibit sportsmanship in a competitive, safe, and friendly environment.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 05, 2014.

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