Shirley’s Football Club moved up to solo top spot in Division B of the 2019 Spring Men’s M-League after blanking the CNMI Women’s National Team, 2-0, last Sunday at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville.
Lalaine Pagarao knocked in the pair of goals for Shirley’s, which got its second win in as many games to lead idle Pacific Islands Club and Sun Palace and the WNT. Pagarao scored her first goal in the 30th minute and the second one in the 69th. The WNT had multiple chances to hit the board, including a penalty kick from Jerlyn Castillo, but they could not complete the play and the squad went on to absorb its second defeat early in the season.
Paire 2, The Old B Bank 1
In the curtain-raiser, Paire edged out The Old B Bank.
Trey Dunn powered Paire to the close victory after drilling the winning goal two minutes into the extra time. Joe Miller recorded Paire’s other goal in the 24th minute to knot the count at halftime. Earlier in the 22nd minute Kosuke Sato found his target to give The Old B Bank the shaky lead, which it eventually lost late in the match.
Paire remained unbeaten in two games to share the division lead with TanHoldings, while The Old B Bank is winless after two matches.
TanHoldings 7, Matansa 1
In the second game, TanHolding dominated Matansa.
Joshua Waldo, Kaden Church, and Mark Esalan registered two goals apiece for TanHoldings, while Emanuel Aniana added one. TanHoldings opened a 4-0 halftime advantage with Waldo, Church, Aniana, and Esalan scoring.
Matansa then averted a shutout loss when Jacob Montes-Sabino found the back of the net in the 53rd minute. However, TanHoldings still outgunned Matansa with Church, Waldo, and Esalan getting their second goal in the final half.
NMI U18 11, Kanoa 0
The last match of the weekend was also a blowout in favor of the NMI Boys U18 National Team.
The Teen Ayuyus broke away right in the first half after firing seven goals, six of them came from Sunjoon Tenorio and the other one from Sebastien Manabat. Tenorio added one more in the second half, while Jonathan Capayas, Edwin Kim, and John Michael Rojas also scored in the final 45 minutes of the one-sided match to hand NMI U18 the easy victory in its season debut.