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Tan Holdings hands Kanoa FC 1 first loss

TAN Holdings Football Club now sits on the top of the U12A Coed division of the 2017 Spring Youth League after handing Kanoa Football Club 1 their first loss, 7-2 during last Saturday’s game held at the Hopwood Middle School soccer field.

Tan Holdings’ smart and aggressive performance kept them in control throughout the entire game.

Kanoa FC 2’s Ronian Laxamana steals the ball from MP United’s Garret Waever during last Saturday’s game of the 2017 Spring Youth League U12A Coed at Hopwood Middle School soccer field.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

Anthony Bergancia, their main man kept the pressure on both ends of the field leaving KNFC 1 little to no space to set up any attack while continuously pushing forward.

After 15 minutes of back-and -forth action, Tan Holdings found their rhythm as they moved the ball with finesse slipping past KNFC 1’s defensive line to find Bergancia for the finish with the first goal of the day.

THFC kept their offense flowing as Angelo Pulido and Bergancia squeezed two quick goals within the 17th minute followed Bergancia’s third goal a minute after to put them ahead 3-0.

KNFC finally had enough as Markus Toves struck back with swiftness slashing through to connect the shot during the 18th mark slimming down the deficit before the end of the first half 3-1.

Both teams battled through the second half with countless close calls.

Toves was KNFC 1’s only hope as he snuck in his second goal at the 41st minute to bring the game within just one point but failed to match up defensively as Andrei Chavez and Bergancia retaliated with two consecutive goals during the 43rd and 44th marks to regain the safe distance 6-2.

KNFC 1 went all out with little time remaining but their rushed plays bit them back as THFC turned defense into offensive finding Mark Joseph Roque for the dagger shot putting the game out of reach 7-2.

MP United Football Club shared a similar story as they built a strong lead to secure the win over Kanoa Football Club 2 8-2.

KNFC 2 started off strong as they use their quick reaction to slip in the opening goal just two minutes into the game by Ronian Laxamana take control.

Despite KNFC’s early start, MPU made sure they did not make the same mistake twice as they kept them out of action for the remainder of the first half.

MPU switched the pace with constant pressure on the defensive end snatching several steals while looking for the kill to force KNFC to focus on protecting their end of the field. They found their redemption two minutes later as Andrew Chung fired a quick shot right past the goalie’s hand. They maintained their offensive output as Garret Weaver and Cody Shimizu followed through brining three more goals within a three minute gap to snatch the lead 4-1.

KNFC 2 tried to even the score with a few close calls but MPU did a great job supporting their goalie as they used their body to deny the shot.

MPU kept their offensive tempo throughout the second half as Kristoffer Pascual joined in the action with two goals of his own to extend the distance 7-1. KNFC 2’ relentless efforts were not unseen as they were awarded thanks to Laxamana’s ability to finish but could not get back within reach settling for the loss.