TanHoldings vs Kanoa in finale


Kanoa Football Club’s Paulynn Joyce, center, is tightly guarded by TanHoldings Football Club’s Katrina Costales, left, and Kaithlyn Chavez during their preliminary game in Division A of the 2019 Dove Women’s Fall League last month at the TSL Sports Complex. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

TanHoldings Football Club and Kanoa Football Club will meet this Friday to battle for the Division A title in the 2019 Dove Women’s Fall League at the TSL Sports Complex.

Kanoa and TanHoldings arranged their finals showdown after eliminating their respective opponents last Friday. TanHoldings took the first finals seat after getting a free win (via forfeiture) against Paire Football Club, while Kanoa notched a 12-6 triumph over Matansa Football Club to bag the second finals ticket.

Irish Pagarao brought Kanoa to the title game after scoring seven goals. She was unstoppable in the first half, firing five goals to lift Kanoa to a 6-4 halftime lead. Pagarao’s first four goals came in a span of five minutes, as she lit the board in the first, third, fourth, and fifth minute. Her final goal in the first half was recorded in the 10th minute, while Khristelle Itaas made the other goal for Kanoa in the seventh.

Matansa, despite failing to neutralize Pagarao, remained in contention in the first half after getting goals from three different players. Britany Wally had a pair for Matansa, as she drew first blood for the team in the third minute and posted her second in the 17th. Lilian Podziewski handed Matansa its second goal in the 10th minute, while Jannah Casarino scored in the 18th to keep Kanoa within striking distance at the break.

When the game resumed, Pagarao slowed down a bit, as she made only two goals, but Paulynn Joyce and Sharmaine Francisco were there to provide help and ensure that Kanoa would not be denied on its finals bid. Pagarao delivered her goals in the 32nd and 48th minute, while Joyce also had twin goals after scoring in the 38th and 40th minute. Not to be outdone was Francisco, who found her target in the 35th and 49th minute.

As for Matansa, only Mia Carreon and Wally made it to the board with the former getting her first goal in the semis game in the 40th minute and the latter completing a hat trick five minutes later.

With the loss, Matansa will just play in the battle for third place against Paire at 6pm, while the Kanoa-TanHoldings finale is scheduled for 8pm.

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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