5 teams notch easy wins in M-League

Shirley’s FC’s Raymond Zapanta goes for a throw-in during an earlier game in the M-League against Matansa Football Club at the Oleai Sports Complex Field. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Shirley’s FC’s Raymond Zapanta goes for a throw-in during an earlier game in the M-League against Matansa Football Club at the Oleai Sports Complex Field. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

MP United led four other teams in registering easy victories in the M-League last Sunday at the Oleai Sports Complex Field.

MP United walloped Korean Football Association on Saipan, 8-0, in the second Division I game last weekend.

Joe Miller anchored MP United’s rout of KFAS, scoring three goals in the lopsided game. Zhi Peng Lin chipped in two, while Jehn Joyner, Raymond Mercado and Greg Sablan added one. Miller heated up MP United’s offense with an early goal in the fifth minute, while Sablan made it to the board nine minutes later for their 2-0 halftime advantage.

The CNMI National Team member then started the second half with back-to-back goals, as he scored in the 48th and 50th. Joyner got his first in the 57th before Lin finished KFAS off with his own pair of goals (60th and 66th), while Mercado recorded MP United’s last in the 80th.

In other Division 1 pairing, Wild Bill’s also shut down Paire, 2-0.

Tanapon Unsa hit both goals for Wild Bill’s, lighting up the board in the 29th minute and 84th.

In Division 2, Matansa cruised past the CNMI Women’s National Team, 5-1.

Ahmed Titu starred in the victory with his hat-trick, while Young Ja Hwang and Kamrul Kamrul contributed one each. Jeralyn Castillo tallied the lone goal for the Women’s National Team.

Titu highlighted his hat-trick with two straight goals in the first half and capped his impressive performance last weekend by scoring Matansa’s final goal in the match. Kamrul and Hwang posted their goals also in the second half, while Castillo put WNT in the board in the first frame.

In the second Division 2 match of the night, World Resort topped the Thundercats, 5-2.

Hoin Ryu powered World Resort to the victory, as he logged the third hat-trick of the night, making all three goals in the first half to lift his team to a 4-1 lead. Timothy Tawanpiy scored the Thundercats’ first goal and also tallied the second one, which was match by Chettri Dhiraj’s goal in the 75th. It was Dhiraj’s second goal in the match, as he got his first in the 18th minute after Hoin opened the scoring for World Resort eight minutes earlier.

In the final match of the night, Shirley’s FC defeated Kanoa FC, 3-1.

Three different players hit the board for Shirley’s FC with Mareko Tekopua breaking the ice in the 39th minute, while Fradel Sedillo and Justin Tan found the back of the net in the 67th and 75th minute. Kanoa avoided a shutout thanks to Kosuke Sato’s goal in the 79th minute.

Interscholastic league kicks off
Meanwhile, the NMIFA U12 Interscholastic Football League started yesterday at the various school fields on Saipan.

The league has competition in both boys and girls u12 age group with teams divided into two groups. The South Group has Dandan Middle School, Koblerville Elementary School, San Vicente Elementary School, and Kagman Elementary School, while the North Group is composed of Saipan International School, William S. Reyes Elementary School, Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School, and Garapan Elementary School.

The league has a double round-robin format in the regular season and once games are completed, playoffs will start next month. Games are played every Tuesday and Thursday with teams in the boys division playing first at 3:30pm and the girls squads seeing action at 4:30pm.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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