Two goals in the second half allowed host Sagay North to beat defending champion Ceres-University of St. La Salle in the 2 nd Men's Open Championship held at the Sagay National High School yesterday.
As play resumed after a scoreless first half, Sagay found themselves on the driver's seat as Jimuel Ariola score the game's first goal.
Ariola, who received the Most Valuable Player and Best Striker awards, broke through the defense of Ceres-La Salle in the the 48 th minute and sent the ball through the net despite the efforts of keeper John Mark Jamelo to block the shot.
The defending champions had the opportunity to even the score on a counter four minutes later, but Jo Warren Bedia's attempt inside the box was tapped over the cross bar by Sagay goalkeeper LeobenWayco.
With momentum on their side, Sagay doubled the advantage against La Salle with a goal from Clifford Tecson
Wayco, received the Best Goalkeeper award, while his teammates Lemuel Unabia and Arnel Marcellana were named Best Defender and Best Midfiielder, , respectively.
The final match capped the five-day competition organized by the local government of Sagay City led by Mayor Alfredo Maranon III, with the support of the provincial government.
During the closing rites, Mayor Marañon said he expects a bigger event next year.
Aside from the two finalists, the tournament drew participation from Ateneo de Manila University, Villa Angela FC, Negros Selection, and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos
Among those who saw action for their respective team are veteran campaigners who played in the Philippines Football League last year.*
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