TanHoldings Football Club and Paire FC stood out in the opening week of the 2019 Spring Men’s M-League last Sunday at the NMI Soccer Training Center.
Paire whipped Matansa in the first Division A game, 6-0, while TanHoldings clobbered Korean Football Association on Saipan in the other opening match in the group. 8-0.
New recruit Joji Idaka announced his entry to the league by scoring four goals for TanHoldings, while Mark Esalan backed him up after adding a pair, and Jersh Angeles and Rodwealth Espana contributed one apiece. TanHoldings earned the blowout win after pulling away in the second half, which ended with the winning squad ahead by only one off Idaka’s goal in the 21st minute.
Idaka made it back-to-back with his shot in the 62nd minute and TanHoldings went on to spend the next 20-plus minute of the second half toying around the defense of KFAS, as it scored one goal after another. Esalan handed TanHoldings its third goal in the 66th minute and got his second in the 80th, while Idaka posted the squad’s last two goals in a span of two minutes (86th and 88th). Espana and Angeles hit the board in the 67th and 72 minute, respectively.
In the Paire-Matansa lopsided match, Daniel Agulto starred for the former after registering four goals. He had his first two goals in back-to-back fashion after scoring in the 20th and 23rd minute and he did it again in the 79th and 85th. Paire’s two other goals came from Joe Miller in the 39th minute and Matt Epstinez in the 43rd.
Meanwhile, Pacific Islands Club prevailed against the CNMI Women’s National Team, 4-2, while Shirley’s FC outlasted Sun Palace, 6-4, in Division B action.
Brandon Tenorio had a hat trick for PIC after scoring in the 16th, 47th, and 78th minute, while Bailey Spaeth delivered the other goal for the winning crew in the 29th. Jannah Casarino and Gillian Villagomez fired the two goals for the CNMI Women’s with the former hitting her target in the 29th minute and the latter in the 60th.
In the other Division B match, Jack Phan nailed a pair, while three other Shirley’s players also lit up the board, and the winning team was awarded an own goal.