Makati Football Club put on a strong campaign in the U14 division of Singa Cup 2019, concluding the tournament as champions after getting a 1-0 win against Indonesian outfit FOSSBI.
The U14 proved to be a successful tournament overall for Philippine-based youth clubs with three teams, two from Makati Football Club and Kaya Futbol Academy, made it to the top four finishers in the division.
Makati Football Club’s second entry, Makati Football Club 2006, finished at third place after securing a 3-1 win over fellow Filipino club Kaya in an All-Filipino club affair.
Makati FC reached the final by defeating fellow club-mates Makati FC 2006 by a 3-0 scoreline while Kaya settled for the battle for third after being stopped by FOSSBI, 3-0.
Another Philippine-based U14 youth side, Great Oak Manor, reached the quarter-finals as they were halted by Makati FC 2006.
The semi-finals, battle for third and final were all held on October 7, 2019 in The Cage Sports Park in Turf Club Road, Singapore.
Makati Football Club’s two U14 representatives continue their strong showing in the quarter-finals as the two teams are about to face each other in the semi-finals for a chance at getting to the championship stage.
Makati FC and Makati FC 2006 book their respective tickets to the final four after surviving their respective quarter-finals assignments.
Makati FC edged past P2P Football Academy of Australia with a score of 1-0 while Makati FC 2006 squeaked past Indonesian club Bandung Pro via a penalty shootout that ended in a 3-2 score-line after both teams couldn’t be separated with a 1-1 draw.
The two Makati FC clubs are set to clash on November 7 at 8:00AM on Pitch 2 of The Cage Sports Park in Singapore.
Kaya FC Academy also reached the semi-finals facing FOSSBI of Indonesia.
In the U16 division, Filipino club Futbol Funatics – FFAST end their campaign in the qualifiers after going down by a small 1-0 margin against Football South Australia ending the Philippines’ sole representatives’ in the U16.
After their respective strong showings in the group stage qualifiers, Philippine-based clubs Makati FC (U14), and Futbol Funatics (U16) reach the quarter-finals stage of the on-going Singa Cup 2019.
Makati FC‘s primary team proved their dominance in their five-team group conceding only one goal and registering a whopping +24 goal difference towards a perfect slate of four wins out of four matches to secure their tickets to the quarter-final knockouts in very convincing fashion.
A considerable part of Makati FC’s solid showing in the preliminaries can be attributed to the stellar performance of Indonesian Aaron Yekti who hauled an amazing 16 goals to put himself as undisputed top-scorer at the moment in the U14 division.
A second Makati FC team, named Makati FC 2006, are still in contention – as of this writing – to progress to the quarters after finishing second in Group D setting up an interesting playoff match with fellow Philippine-based outfit Great Oak Manor FC which also placed second in Group E.
Also securing a slot for a qualifiers spot to the “Last Eight” in the U14 division is Kaya FC Academy, after finishing second in Group B via goal difference.
Meanwhile, in the U16 category, Futbol Funatics – FFAST finish runners-up in Group D to set up a quarterfinals clash with the winners of Group C.
Out of Futbol Funatics’ total haul of five goals in the group stage, two were scored by Stephen Soria who currently leads the goalscoring tally for his club.
In the U12 division, Kaya FC Academy and PAREF Southridge were halted in their quests to progress out of the group stage, ending the Philippine-based clubs’ participation in the specific Singa Cup 2019 age-group.
Unlike the U8 and U10 divisions of Singa Cup which are seven-aside, the U12, U14 and U16 divisions are in eleven-aside format.
The qualifiers and quarterfinals begin on November 6.
Bohemian Sporting Club ends its contention in the on-going SingaCup U10 when its Team 1 was stopped in its tracks by Australian side Athletic Football Group by a score of 0-4 in the quarterfinals, the best finish so far by a Philippine-based club in both U8 and U10 divisions this 2019 edition.
The club, headed by Chairman and Philippine international footballer Jason de Jong, sent two teams in the U10 competition with Team 2 reaching the Round of 16 playoffs only to be eliminated by Alba FC of Indonesia also by a 4-0 scoreline.
Meanwhile other teams Philippine-based U10 contingents Manila Japanese FC and Sugod Malaya FC were only able to participate in the group stage after finishing third and fourth respectively (each group comprised of five teams with only the top two finishers heading into the Round of 16).
In the U8 division, sole Filipino participants Rovers FC of Davao were able to reach the Round of 16 after finishing third in their group (Top three teams in each of the two groups in U8 division qualify for the knockouts).
The Mindanao-based side were not able to reach the quarterfinals after being edged by Singapore’s Little League by a narrow 1-0 margin.
With the results, the Philippine contingents’ campaigns for the 2019 SingaCup U8 and U10 have come to their respective conclusions.
Come November 4, three divisions will commence their respective tournaments where the Philippines will be represented by PAREF Southridge (U12), Kaya Futbol Academy (U12, U14), Makati Football Club (U14), Great Oak Manor (U14), and Foobtall Funatics – FFAS (U16).
As the SingaCup is about to begin its 2019 edition, 12 teams from the Philippines are set to participate in the yearly international youth tournament which will be hosted in different locations in Singapore from November 2 to 8.
U8: Rovers Football Club Davao
In the U8 category, sole representatives from the Philippines Rovers Football Club Davao begin their campaign in Group A as they face Football Federation Northern Territory (Australia), and Singapore-based clubs Spanish Soccer Club Asia and Sporting Clube de Portugal.
If Rovers survive their group, they will qualify for the playoffs stage for the Round of 16 which will be a knockout from that point onwards to the final.
Rovers Football Club Davao’s first assignment will be against Sporting Clube de Portugal on Saturday, November 2, at Rainforest Sports Hub. Kickoff is at 8AM.
U10: Bohemian Sporting Club 1, Sugod Malaya, Manila Japanese Football Club, Bohemian Sporting Club 2
Obviously the biggest category in the 2019 SingaCup, the U10 will have four representatives from the Philippines.
Bohemian Sporting Club have a sizeable contingent with two teams in this age group with Bohemian SC 1 in Group A while Bohemian SC 2 is in Group H.
Sugod Malaya meanwhile are in Group C and Manila Japanese FC find themselves having to navigate Group D.
Being the biggest category tournament in terms of size, U10 is comprised of eight groups of five teams for a total of 40 different competing teams coming from the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, India, the hosts Singapore, and even Nepal.
All matches in U10 from the group stage until the final will be held in the Rainforest Sorts Hub from November 2 to November 3.
U12: PAREF Southridge, Kaya Futbol Academy
PAREF Southridge are set to start their campaign in Group B along with Football West (Australia), Bandung Pro United (Indonesia), Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (India) and Sengkang Central Community SC (Singapore).
Kaya Futbol Academy’s U12 representatives begin their tournament in Group C as they clash against Football South Australia, ActiveSG Football Academy (Singapore), ASTAM Soccer School (Indonesia), and Johor Darul Ta’zim (Malaysia).
The U12 is mad up of five groups, with the tournament scheduled from November 4 to 7 which will be hosted in The Cage Sports Park.
U14: Makati FC, Kaya Futbol Academy, Makati FC 2006, Great Oak Manor FC
Makati FC is in Group A while Makati FC 2006 are in Group D. Kaya start their campaign in Group B while Great Oak Manor are positioned in Group E.
U14 is composed of five groups and the competition is set to begin on November 4 until November 7 which will transpire in The Cage Sports Park.
U16: Football Funatics – FFAS
The sole team from the Philippines in this category, Football Funatics are in Group C along with Australian Islamic College, Sporting Clube de Portugal (Singapore), Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (India), and North Vista Secondary School (Singapore).
Made up of four groups, the U16 tournament will run for three days from November 4 to 7.