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Old B Bank earns first win

OLD B Bank’s players finally joined the winner’s column after collecting their very first win in the Men’s M-League Division A by beating the Korean Football Association of Saipan 1-0 on Sunday at the NMI Soccer Training Center in Koblerville.

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Old B Bank’s Kosuke Sato controls the ball during a previous game of the 2019 Men’s M-League Division A at the NMI Sports Training Center.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

It was a close match from start to finish as both teams exchanged several shots. However, it was Old B Bank that caught a break as its player Panapa Peteru managed to slip a goal at the 11th minute.

KFAS fought back with lob passes and defensive stops, making a handful of close calls throughout the entire game. But Old B Bank’s players protected their end of the field long enough to remain afloat and to bag their first win of the season.

As for the Paire Football Club, it improved its record to three wins after beating the TanHoldings Football Club 5-1.

The aggressiveness of PFC’s players was their biggest strength as they worked their way through THFC’s line of defense to squeeze with three goals in the first half. It started at the 8th minute with Alan Gudino firing the sure shot to take control. THFC was able to stop the bleeding for the next 20 minutes but allowed Old B Bank to put in a second goal at the 28th minute mark courtesy of Samuel Smith. At the 31st minute mark, the quick feet of THFC’s Mark Esalan slithered inside for the easy goal. PFC, however, retaliated with Danny Agulto draining the third goal of the day to give his team a safe distance, 3-1.

THFC was nowhere to be seen in the second half while PFC added two more goals to secure the win, 5-1.

In Division B, the Kanoa Football Club moved back up to first place after notching its fourth win by trouncing the Women’s National Team 11-4.

Kanoa quickly overwhelmed WNT making five goals in the first half led by JC Piring with three goals. Although WNT came back in the second half with three goals, two coming from Jannah Casarino and the other from Nathanette Blas, their inability to stop Kanoa’s onslaught left WNT in the dust, 4-11.