THE University of St. La Salle will represent Negros Occidental and defend the title in next year’s PFF-Smart National Under-22 Championships in Iloilo City.
La Salle FC dethroned erstwhile champion San Carlos City FC, 1-0 in the Under-21 division finals of the 2016 Dynamic Football League 3rd Conference on Sunday, December 4, at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
La Salle head coach Norman Fegidero said the victory was sweet but admitted his team started poor.
“We struggled at the start of the match. My players need to adjust to San Carlos FC defense. It was in the second half that the boys got the break and scored on a penalty,” he said.
“The lack of championship experience due to absence of competitive tournaments is one of the causes why the boys were short on decision making,” Fegidero added.
Ahead of the national finals, Fegidero said he will get players from other teams to beef up the Negros Occidental side as it defends the national title.
For San Carlos FC mentor John Carmona, despite the loss, he’s still happy and contented with his players’ performance.
“We had the chance to score. It’s all about the breaks and La Salle got it. That’s part of the game and we should learn from it,” he added.
Ricky Yanson, president of Negros Occidental Football Association and chairman of Dynamic Football League, said the conference was “just perfect and timely as it highlighted the U21 finals being the qualifying for next year’s PFF-Smart National U22 Championships.”
In the Under-9 mix division, Montevista Elementary School survived Himamaylan Central School (HCS), 2-1 behind Bonnie Bibar and Zomer Velez while HCS got their scoring from Jesran Magbanua.
Apolinario Mabini Elementary School defeated St. Scholastica’s Academy, 3-2 to claim the second runner-up honors.
In the Under-13 category, STI-West Negros University dominated Bago FC-A, 5-3 on hat-trick from Chris Valderama and Francis Jude Madamecila’s pair of goals. Bago FC got their goals from Kennan dela Cruz, Mel Christopher and Justin Raven Mesina.
For the second runner-up, Cadiz FC escaped Trinity Christian School on penalty, 4-3 after a 2-all even in regulations.
Cadiz FC also captured the U16 Girls Futsal with a 6-0 triumph over St. John’s Institute. (HGD)