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Neg. Occ. wins PFF-U19 boys national champions

The Negros Occidental Football Association Under-19 team won the PFF U-19 Boys National Championship – First Division championship in Cavite on Saturday, June 4.*PFF photo

The Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) won the Philippine Football Federation Under-19 Boys National Championship – First Division after a 1-0 extra-time win over the National Capital Region in Carmona, Cavite, on Saturday, June 4, PFF reported on its website.

Late substitute Kyle Alipoon delivered the winning goal in the 118th minute in the championship match that went into extra-time after a scoreless 90 minutes, the PFF said.

Both teams rued their chances for the whole of 90 minutes, unable to break the deadlock with NOFA target man Rohderick Rodriguez and NCR Football Association forward John Jalique left frustrated as their chances went away.

As penalty shootout loomed late in the match, Alipoon delivered the strike that sent the crowd in pandemonium, the PFF report said.

A long ball by Chris Valderama towards the NCRFA box forced goalkeeper Jan Diola to move out of his line for the clearance, but his effort sent it straight to Alipoon, who rifled a right-footed shot to the top corner and into the goal.

In the Battle for Third match, Iloilo FA came away as the third best team of the First Division following a 1-0 win over SOCSARGEN RFA. Selwyn Mamon netted the lone goal in the third minute from a header, the PFF reported.

NCR’s John Jalique and Iloilo FA’s Selwyn Mamon were adjudged as the tournament joint-top goal scorer with six goals a piece.

NOFA’s John Marcellana and Francis Madamecilla were named the best goalkeeper and best midfielder respectively.

NCRFA’s Haren De Grace was the best defender while NOFA’s Rohderick Rodriguez was awarded as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, the PFF report said.*

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