The Negros Island Region's hunt for the gold in the Palarong Pambansa elementary football came to an end in a heart-breaking defeat.
The NIR boys yesterday lost to Davao, 3-4, in a shootout after their semifinal match ended at regulation in a 1-all deadlock.
The team hopes to salvage the bronze medal but it has to do better than its scoreless draw with the National Capital Region during the qualifying round, where it edged the Metro Manila squad in bracket standings.
NCR bowed to Western Visayas, which blanked the defending champion against its three markers in the other semifinal match yesterday.
NIR's Kai Limocon equalized Davao's lone marker past midway in the second half with the Negrenses pressing for a win until the end of regulation period.
Actually, the Negrenses dominated early in the match until Davao scored first, said assistant coach Noriel Revilla, adding that it was just unfortunate that a direct attack for the lead missed when it hit the goalpost.
The WV-Davao titular game follows the NIR-NCR match for third place at 7:30 a.m. today.
In high school boys' play, WV, the defending champion, is joined by NCR, Bicol and Central Visayas in the Final Four. *AVDC
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