TanHoldings, Kanoa triumph in Women’s Masters

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THE TanHoldings Football Club and the Kanoa Football Club ended their cold spell in the Dove Women Masters League Spring 2020 after earning their first wins, Sunday, at the TSL Sports Complex.

THFC's Davina Palacio and a MFC defender reach out in a battle for the possession during a previous game of the Dove Women's Masters League Spring 2020 held at the TSL Sports Complex.  James F. Sablan Jr.

TanHoldings’ thirst for victory was evident as it played aggressively to silence the MP United Football Club, 3-0.

As soon as the ball dropped, THFC went on the offensive pushing through the defense to gain a handful of shot opportunities. After 13 minutes of endless scuffle, THFC’s Jessica Ortizo stole the spotlight with the transition finish to give her team the upper hand, 1-0.

MPU made up for its lack of defense with offense as its players aimed to turn the momentum around with a few close calls of their own. However, the remainder of the first half was only filled with back and forth action with neither team able to execute a shot.

In the second half, THFC maintained an aggressive tempo to squeeze in two more goals. THFC’s long passes kept it ahead of MPU and handed Yoko Borja the go-ahead shot that met the back of the net twice — at the 16th and 21st minute marks — to give her team more breathing room. MPU could not get out of its scoring drought and bowed down to THFC, 0-3.

The Kanoa Football Club also nipped its first win of the season after edging the Matansa Football Club, 3-2.

It was the footwork of Merlie Tolentino that locked in the win for KNFC as she scored all her team’s three goals. Starting early at the 6th minute mark, she drew first blood. She then followed up just two minutes later with her second goal further extending the gap 2-0.

MFC had a slow start but gradually built momentum to find an answer at the 20th minute mark, thanks to Ratree Fredrick.

MFC focused on teamwork and continued to slither by KNFC’s line of defense, finally finding the chance to strike at the 34th minute mark as Sombat Shankweiler evened the score 2-2.

However, MFC’s celebration ended when Tolentino struck back just two minutes later. MFC did its best to stay in the game but KNFC tightened its defense and closed all lanes long enough to secure victory, 3-2.

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