In Brazil: PH boys advance into quarters, too

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Friday, April 4, 2014


THE Philippines boys team also booked a quarter-finals berth in the ongoing Street Child World Cup in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

This came on the heels of the Philippines girls squad's earlier entry into the quarters after sweeping their two games against South Africa (9-0) and El Salvador (3-1).

The Filipinos upset group leader Tanzania, 2-0, before drawing Argentina, 1-1, in the boys division.

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Boys team leader and coach Roy Moore, in a statement furnished to Sun.Star Davao, cited the heart and determination of the boys as fantastic.

"It was a brilliant defensive performance as they were disciplined, organized, and pressed as we taught them to do," Moore was quoted in the statement.

He was assisted by Team Socceroo captain Enzo Pinga, and 2010 SCWC alumni Noriel Pineones, Erica Mae Inocencio, and Roberto Orlandez Jr.

Argentina, which lost its past three games, pulled off a surprise by taking a 1-0 lead but the Philippines recovered to level the match behind the goal of Gawad Kalinga's Avin.

The Philippine boys were set to play Pakistan while the Philippine girls were pitted against England at the start of the quarter-final round as of Friday.

Moore, in the statement, said, "It was a heated match, such a dramatic game. Argentina wanted to end their tournament on a high note and probably played their best game against us. They frustrated our players and the boys didn't play the way they did earlier in the day. We have a lot to work on for the quarter-finals but we're so pleased to be in the mix for that and the boys have come such a long way just to reach that."

Pakistan earlier crushed 2010 champion India, 12-1, before beating Mauritius and Kenya then forcing a draw with the USA.

England had been beaten by the Philippine girls in a friendly match.

Three players of the national girls team are SOS Children's Village - Agot Danton, Maylene Albaracin and Joy Roce Chavez.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 05, 2014.

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