PFF U15: Group A concludes with NCR FA, NOFA heading to final round

A superb 2-5 win by National Capital Region FA (NCR FA) and a 3-0 victory via default in favor of Negros Occidental FA (NOFA) see both teams finish in the top two respectively in Group A of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Under-15 Boys National Championship which concluded last November 19 in the PFF Training Center in Carmona, Cavite.

In the early morning opener, a first half hat-trick by Dominic Tom (18′,37, 44′) edged out a promising resistance presented by Laguna FA with goals from Vincent Aaron Saludo (24′) and Louis Angelo Junio (29′) as the capital region’s representatives were able to nurse a slim 2-3 advantage heading into the break.

However, Laguna had no reply to an Andrei Gonzales 55th minute conversion which was then followed by a 69th minute Rodrigo Mariñas cushion in the second half, as NCR FA marched on to the final round of the competition in fine form.

Laguna FA and NCR FA post-match group photo

For the subsequent fixture of the day, NOFA had their undefeated run in Group A confirmed without kicking a ball as they were awarded a 3-0 win via default when Cordillera RFA were a no show.

According to officials, via info gathered, Cordillera already left for Baguio last Saturday (November 16) presumably without any intent of playing their final match. It is yet being mulled on the sanction details that will be filed against the regional FA.

With the result, NOFA joins NCR FA to the final round with both teams getting an identical haul of 10-points (NCR edging the Western Visayans only through goal difference) in the standings.

However, with Group B still yet to commence after games were suspended indefinitely due to the recent earthquakes in Mindanao, determining who will complete the cast for the final round and the schedule on when the semifinals will begin are still to be determined.

Photo credit: PFF U15 Boys National Championship Facebook page


PFF U15: Top seeds NCR FA, NOFA split points in six-goal thriller

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

PFF U15: NCR, NOFA continue to dominate in National Championship

After achieving emphatic starts to the National Championship, NCR FA and Negros Occidental FA continue in their respective locomotive show of force as they rack up double-digit wins over their respective rivals in Group A of the PFF U15 Boys National Championship last November 15 in PFF Training Center Carmona, Cavite.

Negros Occidental FA (NOFA) registered a dozen of goals against Federated FA of Masbate (FFAM) for a severely lopsided 12-0 result during the morning kickoff that began around 8:00 AM.

Van Catungay, Dominic Dreyfus and Jefferson Tolimao each scored a brace to top-score for their federation with another six of their players chipping in a goal each to complete a rout against the Masbateños.

The first half ended with the Western Visayans getting four goals for an already comfortable lead into the break. But NOFA did not let off the gas pedal after the restart as they converted seven more chances, aided by a sending off by a Masbate player, to send a statement heading into their match against fellow favorites, NCR FA.

NCR FA also were all-business as they dispatched Cordillera RFA (CRFA) with a baker’s dozen in the following match that kicked off at 10:00AM.

Jian Caraig scored a hat-trick to lead NCR while Dominic Tom, Umi Abelarde, and Scott McKenzie each scored a brace in a fixture that has been put beyond any doubt as early as the first half.

The first 45 minutes ended with NCR enjoying a 0-5 lead. But the capital-based squad were even more ruthless in the second half by adding eight more goals to complete a 0-13 dismantling of their opponents.

The day’s results put NCR FA and NOFA as the clear and undisputed leaders of Group A of the National Championship which perfectly sets up an interesting match between these highly in-form squads for the sole leadership of the standings on November 17, 2019 at 8:00AM.

Photo credit: PFF U15 National Championship Facebook Page


PFF U15: NCR, NOFA off to perfect starts in 2019 National Championship

National Capital Region (NCR) FA registered a lopsided win in Group A action during the opening day of Philippine Football Federation (PFF) U15 Boys National Championship 2019 held last November 11 at the PFF National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite.

NCR gave a stellar overall performance scoring in double-figures to post a one-sided 11-0 result in their opener against Federated FA of Masbate (FFAM), with Matthias Lozano scoring a hat-trick and Scott Mackenzi registering a brace as both led NCR in the goalscoring department.

Top scorer Matthias Lozano showed such high-level of form during his shift, providing more than enough damage already that he was substituted out just five minutes after the hour mark.

In the other match, Laguna romped to a 4-0 start to the championship with Louis Angelo Junio producing an inspired performance with two conversions to lead his team against Cordillera RFA.

The Southern Tagalogs got to a dream start with Junio getting the breakthrough in just the eighth minute. Roenz Bicua then doubled the lead seven minutes after the half-hour mark as Laguna ended the first half with a two-goal cushion.

In the second half, quick back-to-back goals from Vincent Saludo and Junio just a few moments past the hour mark, sealed the deal for Laguna FA as they secured a convincing result to begin their Championship campaign.

But come their second assignment that has just been recently concluded this November 13, Laguna suffered their first loss against Negros Occidental FA (NOFA), as they succumbed to a 0-2 defeat.

An early dagger inflicted by Mark Gabriel Cantos within the first minute of the match, followed by a late jugular from John Andrei Roldan in added time proved to be enough as the Western Visayans were able to get a perfect start to their campaign.

FFA Masbate meanwhile saw themselves still very much in the competition, getting a lifeline after they were able to crucially bounce back from the previous setback they suffered against NCR by dismantling Cordillera RFA with a 3-1 win on November 13.

Kervin Tacdoy seemed to have put his Northern Luzon-based squad in a very promising situation when he converted a chance in the 32nd minute, but a second-half fightback from the Masbateños proved to be enough as Carl James Zaragoza registered back-to-back goals in the 47th and 53rd minutes respectively, before Gian Francisco put any doubts to rest with an 85th minute icing on the cake.

The PFF National Championship will continue until November 19. The rest of the fixtures are below:

The National Championship is contested by the best teams which already progressed from the grinding Regional Group Stage that transpired from late June to late September this year.

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PFF U15 Championship sees 85 goals in first weekend

The Philippine Football Federation’s Stars of Tomorrow Under-15 Championship has completed its first set of fixtures in different venues nationwide during the past weekend that saw a festival of goals.

Federated FA of Masbate (FFAM) of Group D supplied the most when it comes to the goalscoring statistic after shaking the back of the net in their favor 28 times while maintaining cleansheets in two matches with an 11-0 win and a 17-0 walloping both against Legazpi-Albay RFA.

SOCSARGEN FA scored a massive victory with a 16-1 result at home against Sultan Kudarat FA (SKRFA) in Group H while Mount Apo RFA (MARFA) of Group H rounded up the double-figures feats with a 17-2 result against Maguindanao.

Meanwhile, two clashes ended up tightly contested with Negros Occidental FA (NOFA) carving out a massive 1-0 victory away against evenly matched rivals Central Visayas (CVRFA) in Group E and a Group F encounter between Zamboanga-Sulu-Tawi-tawi FA (ZAMBASULTA) and Zamboanga del Norte-Dipolog RFA (ZANDIFA) settled with both teams sharing spoils off a 1-1 draw.

RFA of Camarines Norte (REFACAMNOR) got a convincing 8-3 victory over Central Bicol RFA (CBRFA) at home in Group D while National Capital Region (NCR FA) kept Cavite FA (CAFA) at bay with a 1-6 scoreline in an away victory in Group A.

Early top individual performers on record are Rich Paraña (five goals), Harold Calandria (four goals), and Cyrus Princillo (three goals) all from FFAM while Matthias Lozano of NCR also has three goals under his name.

Here are the complete match results:

Source: Philippine Football Federation

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PFF’s Stars of Tomorrow U15 Boys National Football Championship is set

On Saturday, June 29, a milestone in Philippine grassroots football is about to start as the first ever PFF-sanctioned national tournament for Under-15 teams kicks off.

Aptly named as Stars of Tomorrow, the competition aims to kickstart a more centralized means of strengthening the grassroots program towards the elite level, and forming the junior national team.

It could also start bridging the gap of the junior national squads and the senior Azkals in terms of competitiveness in the international stage.

The tournament will be in a significant scale involving 33 teams around the archipelago and will run until November this year.

And with the groupings already determined, according to regional proximities, the journey begins for these youth squads towards being the first ever national champions.

For more info and details on this milestone tournament, visit the Philippine Football Federation website and their official Facebook page. Also, use #StarsOfTomorrow as the official tournament hashtag to follow the latest developments on-line.

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