Crazyhorse’s reign snaps

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Sunday, April 1, 2012


QUEEN City United (QCU) shattered Crazyhorse’s four-year dominance in the 14th Aboitiz Cup Men’s Open with a 2-1 victory yesterday at the Aboitiz Football Field.

QCU banked heavily on its experience, being the team that had more training time compared to its opponents. The QCU trains regularly as it is campaigning in the United Football League Second Division.

Dan Villarico donned the hero’s cape after scoring two goals including a crucial one in the second half, that gave the team its first title in the Aboitiz Cup Men’s Open.
“It was our fitness that carried us through,” said head coach Mario Ceniza.

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Ceniza added that despite their edge experience-wise, they never underestimated their opponent.

“Crazyhorse is also a strong team. They even have two of our players suiting up for them and another player, who also plays for the UFL,” said Ceniza.

In the 16th minute, Prince Anthony crossed the ball toward Villarico from the right flank. He headed the ball to Benedict Arriola, who finished the job for QCU’s first goal.

Crazyhorse’s go-to guy Bernard Rotich failed to convert several chances, but in the 42nd minute, on his fifth attempt, he scored the equalizer from a pass from Joshua Fegidero.

Both teams were tied going into the final half but it did not take long for QCU to snatch the lead back. Villarico took ball possession from an assist from Marion Cubelo, which went past Crazyhorse keeper Alex Buanghog and put the team in a 2-1 lead, early in the second half.

Buanghog was then booked for a red card for committing a foul against a speeding player who’s in a scoring opportunity in the goal area.

Later on, the experienced and trained QCU took most of the ball possessions and was ahead in attacks against Crazyhorse, who lost their composure by the end of the game.

“Sayang kay daghang attempts and chances but we also had many errors,” said Crazyhorse coach Hayato Ayabe.

It turned out to be a good move for the team to have its match in the UFL Division 2 rescheduled to yesterday to avoid a conflict and have a full lineup against Crazyhorse.

QCU will now be Cebu’s official representative to the Smart Club Championships Visayas Series, which will have teams Stallion from Iloilo and Pachanga from Bacolod in the list.

“It was really our target to represent Cebu in strong competitions like that because it will give us more exposure and confidence for the team, especially against these strong teams,” said Ceniza.

Meanwhile, Don Bosco United FC clinched the third place against University of San Jose Recoletos-Alumni in a 4-2 shootout after ending the regulation in a 1-all draw.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 02, 2012.

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