Ceres-La Salle blanks Ateneo to win 1st Sagay City Men’s Open title

MULTI-titled Ceres-La Salle Varsity Team added another championship trophy in their title-filled display cabinet with their 2-nil victory over Ateneo de Manila University during the rainy finals of the 1st Sagay Men’s Open Football Championship held January 11, 2017 at the Sagay National High School Football Field.

Jo Warren Bedia braved the rains as he broke the scoreless deadlock in the 44th minute to register a 1-nil Ceres-La Salle advantage at the break. In the second half Charles Dabao found the back of the net in the 64th minute for the winning goal.

For La Salle coach Norman Fegidero, their win was a good experience for his team- who are at the same time will be representing the province in the 2017 PFF-Smart U22 Men’s Championship tentatively scheduled this month in Iloilo.

“My team needs exposure. And, despite the weather condition, the team delivered,” the multi-titled coach said. “We had some adjustments against Ateneo because they’re quite big and there were several skilled players too. But, our team are comfortable with each other that’s why we ran the play pretty well,” he added.

“We put pressure from the start and we don’t allow the opponent to settle on the ball. My players show their true character by putting lots of pressure on the opponent despite the bad condition of the field. I’m happy for them to get the win,” Fegidero said.

With the win, La Salle’s Florence Agraviador was named the tournament’s ‘most valuable player’ while teammates Jamelo John Maric won the golden gloves after named the ‘best goalkeeper’ as Kent Guevarra and Charles Barberan were named ‘best midfielder; and golden boot awardee or the ‘best striker’. Barberberan scored 8 goals in the tournament.

On the part of Sagay City Mayor Alfredo D. Maranon III, this event is the start of intensifying the city’s football development program in order to provide the people of Sagay and its football enthusiasts exciting matches and highly competitive level of football games. Moreover, this will also encourage our youth to engage in this kind of sports.

“This football competition is a good chance for our youth who has the passion for this kind of sports and have the capability to engage in this field to gain college scholarship as well as the opportunity to be members of our national team,” he added.

The tournament, which was bankrolled by the City Sports Development Council alongside Department of Education Division of Sagay City, featured the 5 teams from Ceres-La Salle, Ateneo, Negros Oriental-Siquijor FA of Dumaguete City, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College Men’s Team, and North Negros Selection Football Team.*

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