Paire FC eases past Kanoa, 4-1


Paire Football Club regrouped quickly after losing its season debut, topping Kanoa FC, 4-1, in their boys U15 match in the 2015 NMIFA Youth Spring League last Saturday at the Oleai Sports Complex Field.

A Paire Football Club player jumps in between his teammate and a Kanoa defender to join the chase for the ball during the first half of their boys U15 game in the NMIFA youth league last Saturday morning at the Oleai Sports Complex Field. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

A Paire Football Club player jumps in between his teammate and a Kanoa defender to join the chase for the ball during the first half of their boys U15 game in the NMIFA youth league last Saturday morning at the Oleai Sports Complex Field. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Jefferson Sagun scored a pair of goals to help Paire win its Week 2 game and recover from a 0-8 loss to Tan Holdings FC in the league’s opening day last Feb. 14. Raffi Lee and Kaden Church registered the two other goals for Paire, while Brian Lubao was the lone Kanoa FC player to hit the scoreboard.

Lubao found the back of the net in the 33rd minute to equalize. Sagun scored six minutes earlier to put Paire on top. The match remained tied in the first half before Paire seized control of the match early in the second half with Lee getting into the board in the 46th minute and Sagun bagging his second two minutes later. Church completed Paire’s second-half domination with his goal in the 56th.

In the other boys U15 matches over the weekend. MP United and Tan Holdings 1 also earned easy wins.

MP United played Tan Holdings FC-2 in the first match last Friday at the Oleai pitch and cruised to an 8-0 win.

Edwin Kim led MP United with his hat-trick, while Cody Leon contributed two. Oliver Lee, Clayton Izuka, and Tony Kim chipped in one goal apiece.

In the second game, Tan Holdings FC-1 shut down Matansa FC, 3-0.

Anthony Fruit starred in the win with his twin goals, while Mark Esalan tallied one.

Tan Holdings 2, MP United 1

Tan Holdings was also victorious in the boys U18 division, slipping past defending champion MP United last Saturday at the Hopwood Junior High School Field.

Yoshi Mafnas and Sean Perez lit up the scoreboard for Tan Holdings, while Kyke Chung notched the lone goal for MP United. Mafnas gave Tan Holdings the lead with his shot in the 16th minute, while Chung evened up the count three minutes before the first half ended. Perez broke the deadlock in the 83rd and Tan Holdings hung on tight in the remaining minutes to hand MP United its first loss.

Matansa 5, Paire 1
The other boys U18 tiff saw Matansa routing Paire at the Oleai pitch.

Joshua De Leon led Matansa with his brace, while Kenneth Mafnas, Ryu Tanzawa, and Evan Belcher recorded one goal each.

Tanzawa broke the ice for Matansa in the first half, while the team’s four other goals were registered in the second half. Paire fired blanks in the opening frame before avoiding a shutout in the second half, thanks to Sagun’s goal late in the final frame.

CO-ED 12
Matansa 4, Paire 1
Matansa got its second win in Week 2 as its co-ed U12 team also topped Paire at the Hopwood pitch last Saturday.

It took a while before Matansa’s offense heated and when it did, the goals came in bunches.

Benito Lolobeyong and Justin Charles Achas scored in the 36th and 39th minute, respectively, while Matansa’s last two goals were made in a span of two minutes with Razeff Altamirano hitting the board in the 44th and the player wearing jersey No. 14 (no player with jersey No. 14 was listed on the roster) in the 46th.

Paire answered only once to Matansa’s attack with Kaden Church converting his shot in the 49th minute.

Kanoa 2, Tan Holdings 2
Kanoa FC saved a draw against Tan Holdings FC after fighting back in the second half.

Down at the break, 0-2, Kanoa drew back-to-back goals (35th and 36th minute) from Brian Lubao and Merrick Toves to force a standoff.

Earlier in the first half, Tan Holdings enjoyed the driver’s seat as Kohtaro Goto drew first blood in the 18th minute and Taka Borja scored in the 25th.

Co-ed games in the youth league are played in two 30-minute halves.

Matansa 1, MP United 0

Matansa collected its third win in Week 2 after its girls U15 crew edged MP United.

Bernadette Horey posted the lone goal in the match to give Matansa its first win this season.

Matansa settled for a draw against Shirley’s FC in its first game this spring season.

Shirley’s 4, Tan Holdings 2
Shirley’s FC also barged into the win column after downing Tan Holdings.

Three different players scored for Shirley’s with Diana Maniacop getting two goals and Katherine Magat and De Jana Muna earning one each. Mary Kay Alferos and Chloe Salvosa tallied the two goals for Tan Holdings.

Magat and Maniacop delivered goals in the 11th and 23rd minute, respectively, to put Shirley’s on top after Tan Holdings held the lead in the first 10 minutes of play off Alferos’ goal. Maniacop made it 3-1 with her goal in the 61st minute, but Tan Holdings threatened 11 minutes later with Salvosa’s shot. An insurance goal from Muna six minutes before the match wrapped up gave Shirley’s its first win.

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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