TanHoldings, Paire cruise past foes


The Shirley’s Football Club’s goalie steps into the play to prevent Paire FC’s Kaden Church from scoring during the second half of their boys U14 division game in the NMIFA fall league last Saturday at the Koblerville Elementary School Field. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

TanHoldings Football Club stretched its winning streak to seven, while Paire FC bagged its fourth win in the boys U14 division of the 2016 NMIFA Youth Fall League.

TanHoldings blanked MP United, 3-0, in the final division game last Saturday at the Koberville Elementary School Field to remain unbeaten (7-0-0 win-draw-loss record) and fortify its hold on the top spot in the six-team field.

John Michael Rojas knocked in a pair of goals for TanHoldings, while Kirro Batino chipped in one to hand MP United its fourth loss in seven matches. Rojas found his target early when he scored in the sixth minute, while Batino gave TanHoldings its second goal in the first half with his conversion in the 16th. Rojas’ second goal came in the 63rd minute.

Paire matched TanHoldings’ easy victory in Week 7 after routing winless Shirley’s FC, 7-1.

Kaden Church did most of the damage for Paire (4-0-3) after firing four goals in succession. He started his string of goals in the 18th minute, while the second one was recorded three minutes later. Church’s last two goals were then made in the second half with his third logged in the 43rd minute and the final one in the 47th.

Dylan Mister contributed two goals in Paire’s lopsided win, as he put his team on the board for the first time in the 15th minute before hitting the penultimate one in the 50th. Dylan’s older brother Blake, scored in the 64th minute for Paire’s last goal, while Shirley’s (0-0-7) drew its lone goal from McGarrett Songao in the 47th.

Meanwhile, in the first game in the boys U14 division, Kanoa FC outlasted Matansa, 3-0, to stay in second place in the team standings.

Kanoa improved its record to 5-0-2, while Matansa dropped to a 2-0-5 slate.

Three different players scored for Kanoa with Ian Maniago breaking the ice for his team in the 37th minute to tie the close match. Earlier in the 23th minute, Anhkiet Huynh Jr. gave Matansa a goal and the shaky lead in the first half.

In the second half, Merrick Toves’ shot in the 62nd minute broke the deadlock, 2-1, but just two minutes later Matansa forced the second standoff, thanks to Lolobeyong Benito’s goal. Kirt Andon then saved the day for Kanoa as he made the go-ahead in the 68th minute, while Matansa struggled offensively in the closing minutes to hand the win to its foe.

In other results, MP United shut down TanHoldings, 7-0, in the lone girls U15 division game at the Francisco Mendiola Sablan Middle School Field.

Gillian Villagomez anchored MP United’s demolition of TanHoldings after nailing a hat-trick. She got her first goal in the 21st minute and made it back-to-back when she scored anew in the 27th, while her last came in the 50th. Rei Sekiguchi added a pair with her shot in the fourth and 57th minute, while Francesca Bucalig and Maury Zon Tybaco posted one apiece in the 32nd and 58th, respectively.

MP United earned only its second win in seven games, while TanHoldings has yet to get a victory this season.

The other game in the girls U15 division between Matansa (4-1-1) and Kanoa (4-0-0) was rescheduled as some players of the two teams are in China, competing in the AFC U19 Women’s Championship 2017 Qualifier.

Kanoa players will be back in action this Saturday when they take on MP United in the 3pm match. In the 1:30pm tiff, Shirley’s (4-1-1) will battle TanHoldings.

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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