Danton shines, PH girls win q'final seat

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Thursday, April 3, 2014


AGOT Danton of SOS Children's Village Davao sizzled anew as the Philippines girls squad hacked out a 3-1 victory over El Salvador Wednesday in the ongoing Street Child World Cup in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

The Philippines, thus, booked a ticket to the quarter-finals by topping its group with a clean two-win, zero-draw, zero-loss slate. The Philippines routed South Africa in the opener.

Agot made up for the Philippines' missed opportunities to start the ball rolling via a "free kick that hit the bar and just crossed the line before bouncing back out", according to a press statement furnished to Sun.Star Davao.

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The Filipina booters then "put together several passes to open up the El Salvadorian defense and put the ball across goal for Angelica to tap in before half-time".

El Salvador, however, rallied and challenged the Philippines as their team captain made several attempts at the goal only to be stopped by a very tight defense by the Filipinas. Philippines' goalkeeper Joy Roces Chavez, also of SOS-CV Davao, "wasn't threatened until a questionable free-kick was hit from range and looped over her and into the net to pull a goal back".

The hard-fighting Pinays then put up a solid defense to foil El Salvador's counter attacks, dominating possession and creating opportunities before Payatas Football Club's Ronalyn netted a goal in close range to wrap up the match.

The statement quoted SOS-CV Davao's Maylene Albaracin to have said, "Ayos lang (ang laro natin). Kahit medyong nagpanic (when El Salvador pulled a goal back), bumalik ang focus."

"Salamat sa suporta. We'll make our country proud," the statement quoted Juvie Lyn of Kids International Ministries.

Meanwhile, Davao City councilor Mabel Sunga Acosta praised the Dabawenyas' sterling performances in Rio. Danton, Albaracin and Chavez have been regular players in the annual Acosta Cup Ladies Football Open.

"I am very proud of them. I've seen their beginnings and their growth and development through the years in the Acosta Cup, the ladies open here in Davao City," Acosta said in a text interview with Sun.Star Davao.

Acosta added that from being "neophytes, they have become strong players. I wish them good luck and best efforts! Itaas natin ang bandila ng Pilipinas at dangal ng Davao!"

The Philippines' girls team had a free day yesterday and will resume action in today's quarter-finals. The squad is backed up by AgriNurture, Inc. and Dutch company Witsenburg Natural Products. It is also supported by NGO Fairplay for All Foundation.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 04, 2014.

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