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Our Lady of Assumption College (OLAC) scraped past Malayan Team B after getting a slim 2-1 penalty shootout result in an odd final that ended 1-1 after regulation last November 16, 2019 at the Aboitiz Pitch in The Outlets at Lipa, Batangas.
OLAC’s lads were bound to already seize the cup, enjoying a 1-0 lead just a few seconds before the final whistle, when a Malayan Team B player fell injured near the OLAC box.
A Malayan player tried to kick the ball out of play, but an odd deflection on the pitch sent it high in the opposite direction. The deceiving trajectory of the ball ended up bizarrely beating the OLAC goalkeeper and into the back of the net for an unlikely equalizer and an interestingly surprising resolution that required penalties.
An epic, though unexpected, comeback wasn’t meant to be though for Malayan as OLAC emerged victorious, and deservingly so, after the shootout ended 2-1.
The tournament began with the participating teams being divided into two groups, with the top four from each group advancing into the quarterfinals.
Malayan Colleges stood out in the elimination round with Malayan Team B topping Group A with three wins and two draws. Meanwhile, Malayan Team A won three games and lost only one to secure second place standing in Group B, second only to eventual winners OLAC Football Team on goal difference.
Faith Colleges, Boracay Beach Boys FC and Paha Youth FC all qualified from Group A after winning two games each. In Group B, aside from OLAC Football Team and Malayan Team B, Tanauan FC and De La Salle Lipa also made it into the quarters.
In the quarterfinals, OLAC Football Team and Malayan Colleges Team B both dominated with 4-0 victories against Paha Youth FC and Boracay Beach Boys FC respectively while De La Salle Lipa took out Malayan Team A with a narrow 1-0 victory. Tanauan FC took the final slot in the semis by defeating Faith Colleges, 2-0.
In the semi-finals, Malayan Team B quickly dispatched De La Salle Lipa and booked a seat in the final match off a 2-0 win while OLAC had to fight harder, as they were forced to go to a penalty shoot-out against Tanauan FC after a goalless draw. OLAC eventually made it to the final match with a 4-3 win on penalties setting up the aforementioned showdown that ended up, interestingly, in an unexpectedly nail-biting fashion.
Boys Under 19 Top 4:
- Champion: Our Lady of Assumption College (OLAC) Football Team
- 1st Runner-up: Malayan Colleges Team B
- 2nd Runner-up: Tanauan FC
- 3rd Runner-up: De La Salle Lipa
- Category MVP: Miguel Arias (Malayan Colleges B #9)
- Finals MVP: Michael Neri (OLAC Football Team #15)
The next festival day will be held on November 23, 2019 and will feature the Boys Under 13 category (born 2006 or after).
The AboitizLand Football Cup will be held Saturdays and Sundays until mid-December. For more information about registration details and the full schedule, visit the Aboitiz Football Cup’s official Facebook page.