Favored teams deliver in youth league


Paire Football Club’s Kaden Church, second left, faces three Matansa FC defenders during the second half of their boys U14 division game in the NMIFA youth fall league last Saturday at the Koblerville Elementary School Field. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

The Top 3 squads in the team standings in the boys U14 division of the 2016 NMIFA Youth Fall League lived up to expectations after dominating their respective opponents last Saturday at the Kobleville Elementary School Field.

In the first game, division leader TanHoldings FC crushed Shirley’s FC, 13-1. The winning squad now has a 5-0-0 win-draw-loss record to pace Kanoa (4-0-1) and Paire (3-0-2), which also prevailed in the Week 5 matches.

Taka Borja led TanHoldings in its fifth victory as he scored a hat-trick against the hapless Shirley’s crew. His three goals came in succession in the second half. Kirro Batino and John Michael Rojas contributed two goals apiece, while Reginals Pascual, Aloy Zeus Angeles, Mark Esalan, Joshua Mendez, Ichiro Borja, and Thaphi Austria added one each.

Shirley’s lone goal was courtesy of Romel Mendoza and the team has yet to win a single game in its first five assignments.

In the second match in the division, Paire waltzed past Matansa, 6-3.

Paire opened with a 4-1 halftime edge and never looked back to gain its third win in five games. Kaden Church and Blake Mister registered two goals apiece for Paire, while Jamin Elliot and George Shokarev made one each.

Lolobeyong Benito had a pair, while Justine Charles Achas hit the other goal for Matansa, which fell to a 1-0-4 record for fifth place in the six-team field.

In the third tiff, Kanoa hammered MP United, 6-1, for its fourth victory and first at the start of the second round.

Ian Karl Maniago delivered the win for Kanoa as he recorded four goals. Sebastien Manabat logged the two other shots for Kanoa, while Go Sekiguchi avoided an MP United (2-0-3) shutout with his goal in the 48th minute.

MP United 2, TanHoldings 1

MP United avenged its first round loss to erstwhile leader TanHoldings in the second game in the division.

Keaanu Diaz made the two goals for MP United with the go-ahead posted in the 55th minute. His other goal came in the seventh minute, while TanHoldings also scored its lone goal in the first half—thanks to a shot from Joshua Galarion in the 10th.

TanHoldings absorbed its first loss this season and dropped to second place with its 3-1-1 mark. MP United has the same record, but is ranked third with its lower goal difference (6). MP United has tallied 12 goals and given up 6, while TanHoldings has earned 14 and allowed 5 for a goal difference of nine.

Matansa 8, Paire 0
Matansa took the solo lead after whipping Paire in the other division game.

Matansa holds a field-best 3-2-0 card, gaining its third win after Jun Sik Kim and Terrence Belcher each had hat-tricks against Paire. Jether Yobech and Mark Norita logged the two other goals for Matansa.

Kim and Belcher traded shots for Matansa with the latter firing all his three goals in the first half to lift their team to a commanding 5-0 halftime lead. Yobech and Norita then earned the first two goals for Matansa in the second half, while Kim recorded the team’s last to duplicate Belcher’s total output.

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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