THE Sacred Heart School – Jesuits (SHS-J) returned to the Boys 14 division of the annual Thirsty Football Cup and immediately made an impact as it bagged the title over San Carlos City in the championship match yesterday at the Cebu City Sports Complex football grounds.

SHS-J and San Carlos City were equally matched on both the offensive and defensive end but just as the time was winding down, SHS-J striker Vinson Neri scored from pointblank range from a well-calculated pass by left winger Keef Yap to clinch the game.

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“It was a total team effort. Without helping each other, we wouldn’t have achieved this,” SHS-J coach Vincent Ramos told Sun.Star Cebu after their championship victory.

SHS-J edged out Paref-Springdale in the semifinals, 1-0, while visiting San Carlos City defeated defending champion Don Bosco A, 1-0, in penalty shootout.

Meanwhile, the Abellana National School (ANS)-Pomeroy retained its title in the Boys 19 category, while Don Bosco Alumni FC grabbed first runner-up honors.

ANS-Pomeroy also took home the trophy in the Boys 12 division with a 2-1 win over SHS-J.

University of San Carlos won the Girls 19 title, while Atletica de Cebu finished as the first runner-up.

San Carlos City made the trip worthwhile as it bagged the crown in Girls 12 over Subangdaku FC.

Don Bosco 1 also blanked Los Amigos, 2-1, for the Players 8 title.

The 7th Thirsty Cup will resume today with the Men’s Open, Ladies Open, 36- and 40-above divisions.