Host team Sagay City FC seized the 2nd Marañon Youth Cup championship after besting STI-West Negros University 2-1 in a closely contested final of the four-day tournament held in SNHS football ground in Sagay City, Negros Occidental last October 30.
A goal by Ryan Monares and Rohderick Rodriguez for Sagay proved enough to cancel STI -West Negros’ conversion by Zacharry Lacson to go all the way and earn the top prize.
The final result though may have put a dampener for STI-West Negros’ campaign which got a major haul of the individual honours as Chester Alipoon got the top-scorer award with four goals under his name while Arnulfo Urbon and Alexander Realino won the best midfielder and goalkeeper respectively.
The championship trophy proved to be doubly sweet though for wonder-kid Shiorenel Baril who also won the MVP plaudits after a memorable tournament as well as Japeth Mermida who was deemed as the best defender.
A total of nine teams, made up of school varsity and local amateur clubs, participated in the competition that transpired from October 26 to 30.
The tournament started in a two-group elemination phase where qualified teams headed into the knockouts starting with the quarterfinals until the ultimate decider.
A notable participation of Ateneo de Manila High School, all the way from the National Capital Region, ended in third place after beating Ilonggo Young Booters FC of Barotac by a score of 2-0.
Ateneo’s contention for the title ended in the semifinals when they suffered a narrow 1-0 loss at the hands of STI – West Negros University.
Also, a consolation plate competition was won by Central Philippine University FC after defeating Sigay FC by a 2-0 scoreline.
The 2019 Marañon Youth Cup is the second edition of the tournament hosted by Sagay City, Negros Occidental. It is a tournament for competitive club and varsity teams at the youth level as part of its football development program for the benefit of its local youth and is founded by Sagay City Mayor Alfredo “Thirdy” D. Marañon III with the help of Ceres-Negros FC.
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Photo credit: Sagay Football/Jan Eleven Gozon