The 2012 NMIFA Youth Fall League returned to action last Saturday with the favorite teams living up to expectations after dominating separate foes.
Over at the Hopwood Junior High School Field, Shirley's FC reported back to competition and defeated Paire FC in the girls U15 match, 4-1. Shirley's, which drew a bye in Week 4 and did not play the following week, as organizers suspended Week 5 games due to the inclement weather, improved to a 2-1-1 win-draw-loss record to keep pace with Matansa (3-0-0) and gain a share of second place with MP United. Paire fell to third place with its 2-0-3 slate.
De Jana Muna, Marielle Gariguez, and Diana Manacop scored one goal each for Shirley's FC, while the other goal was made off a Paire error. Paire also gained one goal off Shirley's FC's miscue.
MP United 3, Tan Holdings FC 1
MP United retained the second spot in the team standings after downing Tan Holdings in the other girls U15 tiff at the Hopwood pitch.
Jan-Nasia Travilla opened the scoring for MP United with her goal in the first half, while Kyla Ito and Negahr Rastguiy found the back of the net in the second half to contribute to the team's second victory. Mary Kay Alferos handed Tan Holdings (0-0-4) its lone goal in the game when she scored in the second half.
MP United 5, Tan Holdings 1
Over at the Oleai Sports Complex Field for the boys U15, league-leader MP United topped Tan Holdings last Friday to extend its streak to four.
MP United had the game in the bag as early as the first half after scoring four goals against none from hapless Tan Holdings (0-0-3). Scott Kim and Ryota Ito drilled two goals apiece in the opening 45 minutes of the game to give MP United a good lead. Amir Abes nailed the other goal for MP United in the second half, while Tan Holding's avoided a shutout after getting one goal from Zion Alamer in the final frame.
Paire 2, Shirley's 0
In the other boys U15 match, Paire FC blanked Shirley's (0-13) to take its second win in five games.
Neither team managed to light up the scoreboard in the first half before Paire found lapses on Shirley's defense in the second half to score back-to-back goals in a span of four minutes. Joel Fruit canned the first goal for Paire in the 61st minute and four minutes later, James David also made it to the scoreboard.
Paire 5, MP United-1 0
Paire also earned a shutout win in the boys U18 game last Saturday at the Oleai pitch.
Zhi Peng Lin led Paire's easy victory over MP United-1, as he recorded a hat-trick, while Jireh Yobech and Joel Fruit contributed one each apiece.
Fruit broke the ice for Paire in the 38th minute, while Lin got his first goal in the last minute of the first half. Lin went on to score two straight goals midway in the second half, while Yobech logged his only goal in the closing minutes to help Paire keep the top spot in the five-team field with its 4-0-1 record. MPU-1 dropped to fourth with a 1-0-3 slate.
MP United-2 5, Tan Holdings 1
MP United-2 forced a two-way tie for second place with Tan Holdings (2-1-1) after thwarting the latter in the other boys U18 tiff.
A 3-0 lead in the first half allowed MP United-2 to gain cushion against Tan Holdings. MP United drew goals from Enrico Del Rosario (21st), Dakota Hall (39th), and Daniel Lim (41st) in the first half.
Lim then posted his second goal eight minutes later, while Brian Lee completed the big win with a goal in the 65th minute.
Tanapon Unsa broke the spell for Tan Holdings three minutes after MP United-2 erected a 5-0 lead.