UNIVERSITY of St. La Salle Varsity Team dethroned erstwhile champions San Carlos City FC, 1-0 in the just-concluded U21 division finals of the 2016 Dynamic Football League 3rd Conference held yesterday at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
With the win La Salle will represent Negros Occidental and defend the title in next year’s national finals in Iloilo City.
For La Salle Head Coach Norman Fegidero, the victory was sweet but, admitted that his team started poor. “We struggled at the start of the match. My players need to adjust to San Carlos FC defense. It was in the second half that the boys got the break and scored on a penalty,” he said. “The lack of championship experience due to absence of competitive tournament is one of the causes why the boys were short on decision making.”
But, ahead of the national finals, Fegidero said that he will be getting some players from other teams to beef up the Negros Occidental side as it defend the national title.
For San Carlos FC mentor John Carmona, despite the loss, he’s still happy and contented with his players’ performance. “We have the chance to score. It’s all about the breaks and La Salle got it. That’s part of the game and we should learn from it.”
Ricky Yanson, president of the Negros Occidental Football Association and chairman of Dynamic Football League, this conference was just great. “It was just perfect and timely as it highlighted the U21 finals being the qualifying for next year’s PFF-Smart National U22 Championships,” he said.
In the U9 division, Montevista Elementary School survived Himamaylan Central School, 2-1 behind Bonnie Bibar and Zomer Velez while the latter team got their scoring from Jesran Magbanua.
On the other hand, Apolinario Mabini Elementary School defeated St. Scholastica’s Academy, 3-2 to claim the 2nd runner-up honors.
In the U13 category, STI-West Negros University dominated Bago FC-A, 5-3 on hat-trick from Chris Valderama and Francis Jude Madamecila’s pair of goals. Bago FC, on the other hand, got their goals from Kennan dela Cruz, Mel Christopher and Justin Raven Mesina.
For the second runner-up, Cadiz FC escaped Trinity Christian School on penalty, 4-3 after a 2-all even in regulations.
Cadiz FC also captured the U16 Girls Futsal with a 6-0 triumph over St. John’s Institute.*