Back-to-back for Kanoa-1, MPU

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Posted on Mar 14 2019

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A Kanoa Football Club-2 player, center, is pressured by two Kanoa FC-1 defenders during their boys U15 division game in the 2019 NMIFA Spring Youth League last Saturday at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Kanoa Football Club-1 and MP United Football Club notched their second win in as many games after topping their respective opponents in the boys U15 division of the 2019 NMIFA Spring Youth League last Saturday at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville.

MP United was the first team to hit victory No. 2 after outclassing TanHoldings FC, 3-1, in the opener in Week 2. Richard Steele lifted MP United to the win after registering a pair of goals. His conversion in the 12th minute gave MP United a 1-0 halftime lead, while he got his second goal in the 51st minute. Jeremiah Diaz made the other goal for MP United in the second half when he scored in the 43rd minute.

TanHoldings’ lone goal in the match was posted in the second half, but the name of the scorer was not indicated in the match report.

With the victory over TanHoldings, MP United gained a share of the lead with Kanoa-1, which eased its way to a 10-1 triumph over Kanoa-2 in the final game in the division last weekend.

Markus Toves stood out in Kanoa-1’s lopsided win after making a hat trick. He scored his first two in the opening half (32nd and 33rd minute), allowing his team to blow the game wide open with an 8-0 advantage. Jaydee Jose also had a brace in the first half with his goals in the fifth and 12th minute, while Sean Gil, Brian Lubao, and Merrick Toves added one each after lighting up the board in the ninth, 33rd, and 34th, respectively.

Gil also hit his target in the second half (51st), while Kanoa-1’s last two goals were registered in the next two minutes with Markus notching his third goal in the 52nd and Andrew Sablan bagging his first in the 53rd.

Meanwhile, Shirley’s barged into the win column after edging Matansa, 1-0.

Gabriel Arkoh Jr. delivered the lone goal in the match, as he eluded his defender and knocked one in in the 25th minute.

CO-ED U12A DIVISION
Kanoa 9, Shirley’s 0

Kanoa is also ahead in the co-ed U12A division standings after dominating Shirley’s.

Paul Lizama was unstoppable for Kanoa, drilling four goals. He completed a hat trick right in the first half after scoring in the 17th, 23rd, and 28th to hand Kanoa a 4-0 lead. Rooney Gil posted Kanoa’s other goal in the first half, putting their squad on the board in the 10th minute.

Then in the second half, another Kanoa player recorded a hat trick with Taehun Han converting his shots in the 43rd, 50th, and 57th minute. Lizama added one goal in the 56th minute, while Izeah Jolo wrapped things up for Kanoa with his goal in the 58th.

TanHoldings 5, MP United 3
In the other division match, TanHoldings earned its first win after downing MP United.

Morico Clarides and Mark Ryan Costales partnered in giving TanHoldings the victory after making two goals apiece. Clarides delivered his pair in the 12th and 29th minute, while Costales got his first in the 20th for TanHoldings’ shaky lead at halftime 3-2.

MP United remained in contention after the opening frame, thanks to William and Xavier Lee’s goals in the eighth and 18th minute, respectively. However, MP United failed to overhaul the deficit, as only Ian Song scored for the squad in the second half (38th minute), while Costales added one more in the 47th minute and Andrei Kaithlyn Chavez hit the board earlier in the 35th.

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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