Filipino amateur football club Dreaming Futbol United (DFU) Cruzeiro pulled off a fine run and reaching the final in the Under-13 Cup competition of the 2019 Kanga Cup held in Canberra, Australia.
Even if falling short in the ultimate showdown against local team West Point SC in a pulsating and high scoring encounter that ended in a 6-4 scoreline last July 12, the Metro Manila-based club has surpassed expectations by going the distance in the campaign and showing a valiant effort that ended in a legitimate shot at winning the prize.
Raphael Alfonso Aljama scored a brace with Kurt Sarip and Enrique Pastor both chipping in a goal each in the four-goal haul by the Filipino boys against the victorious Australians.
Despite reaching the final, DFU Cruzeiro’s road to the Final has not been a cakewalk at all as they began the tournament last July 8 with a 4-4 draw against Kingston FC.
In the second match, the Filipino club faced what would be their rivals for the trophy – West Point – which ended in a 6-1 beating in favor of the Australian side.
Although initially reeling from the lopsided loss, Cruzeiro bounced back in emphatic fashion with a comprehensive 6-0 win over ASA Football, followed by a closely fought 2-1 triumph against Belconnen United.
The Filipino delegates closed the preliminary stage with 2-0 setback which was handed by Canberra Olympic for a 2W, 1D and 2L which was just enough for a third place spot in the six-team pool and book their place into the semifinals.
DFU Cruzeiro’s boys got their mojo rolling at the right time as the semifinal match concluded with a convincing 4-0 win over Belconnen with Kurt Sarip scoring two, while Mateo Lacson and Enrique Pastor finding the back of the net as well for the boys from the Philippines to set foot into the final.
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