Paire noses out Old B Bank


Paire Football Club’s Samuel Smith, right, stops the ball and is closely defended by the Old B Bank’s Mickey Kim during the Division A game in the 2019 Spring Men’s M-League last Sunday at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Pairs Football Club made it two in a row after edging the Old B Bank, 1-0, in the Division A game in the 2019 Spring Men’s M-League last Sunday at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville.

Bruce Berline scored the lone goal in the match in the 75th minute to give Paire a 2-0-1 record. The Hawaiian Rock-backed Paire dropped its season debut (losing to All Blue, 2-4) last Oct. 3 and quickly bounced back with a 9-2 demolition of Korean Football Association on Saipan last Oct. 6. The Old B Bank, on the other hand, absorbed its second defeat in as many games, as it was also nipped by TanHoldings, 3-2, during the league’s opening week.

The Paire-Old B Bank tiff was the only Division A match played in Week 2 of the competition.

Island Star 2, Shirley’s 1
Island Star 5, Matansa 2

Island Star is undefeated in three games following a pair of wins last week.

It first downed Shirley’s Football Club last Oct. 10 and then outclassed Matansa last Sunday.

Against Matansa, Saixian Bagsic delivered two goals for Island Star, while Feng Yu, Han Wu, and Zhi Peng Lin chipped in one apiece. Bagsic had his goals in the 34th and 54th minute, while Lin, Yu, and Feng scored in in the 42nd, 58th, and 92nd, respectively.

Matansa’s goals were courtesy of Amzad Khan, who hit his target in the 55th and 74th minute.

Versus Shirley’s, Island Star drew one goal apiece from Wu and Yu, who found the back of the net in the 19th and 22nd minute, respectively. Dhiraj Chhetri made the only goal for Shirley’s, as he scored in the 29th minute.

Shirley’s 4, Women’s NT 2
After losing to the Island Star, Shirley’s returned to the pitch last Sunday and defeated the CNMI Women’s National Team.

Lalaine Pagarao drilled Shirley’s first two goals, as she lit the board in the ninth and 18th minute, while Hoin Ryu added one in the 25th, giving their team a 3-2 advantage at the break.

The Women’s NT remained in contention in the first half after getting one goal each from siblings Jerlyn (16th minute) and Jeraldine Castillo (30th), but could not mount a comeback in the second half after failing to score in the final 45 minutes of play.

Shirley’s, on the other hand, got an insurance from Brandon Tenorio in the 76th minute for the team’s second victory this season. Shirley’s won its season debut after prevailing against Kanoa, 7-3.

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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