Group A top performers NCR FA and NOFA delivered the goods producing an edge-of-your-seat six-goal thriller that concluded in a draw in a match that served as a possible final preview in the 2019 PFF U15 Boys National Championship held in PFF Training Center in Carmona last November 17.
The tie precariously hung in the balance in the early proceedings as the tie showed signs of a goal-fest.
An expected breakthrough did arrive in favor of NCR FA as Jian Caraig buried his chance in the 35th minute to give his side the advantage.
But Negros Occidental pulled off a stunning response, converting two goals in a span of four minutes with Corban Miraflor scoring in the 40th minute followed by a successful Byron Abela effort to turn the tide in favor of the Western Visayans heading into the break.
Just within two minutes after the restart, NCR equalized courtesy of Dominic Tom. But the boys from the capital region were not yet done as, soon enough, Ivan Nocida got a precious go-ahead goal in the 49th minute.
With NCR enjoying a slim lead, the lads of NOFA searched for an all-important equalizer. It took them some time and nervy moments but the goal did arrive in the 80th minute with Syreal Magbanua coming up big to deny their rivals the full three points as the tie ended in a 3-3 draw.
The result puts both teams tied neck-and-neck at 7 points in the standings, with NCR FA on top due to a slightly superior goal difference.
In the other match, Laguna FA continued to carve out another positive result after beating Federated FA of Masbate by a 1-4 scoreline.
The next match-day is scheduled on November 19 with Laguna FA going up against group leaders NCR FA while Negros Occidental FA (NOFA) are set to clash with Cordillera RFA.
Regarding Group B, which is made up of teams from Visayas and Mindanao, it has been decided not to push through with the tournament indefinitely due to the recent earthquake in Mindanao.
Photo credit: PFF U15 Boys National Championship