Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - by Jack Biantan

RE­GION X Ele­men­tary Boys foot­ball team came back early in the first half and never looked back to whip Cal­abar­zon, 3-1, at start of the Ele­men­tary Boys foot­ball ac­tion in the Palarong Pam­bansa at the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Mi­nor Sem­i­nary field in Vigan City, Ilo­cos Sur.

The Cal­abar­zon team made up of play­ers from for­merly known South­ern Ta­ga­log Re­gion or from prov­inces of La­guna, Cavite, Batan­gas, Rizal and Que­zon struck early as the Re­gion X de­fense were caught nap­ping.

But the X Boys re­fused to give up and came back quickly with striker Sam Salin­gay of Ro­se­vale School scor­ing the equal­izer two min­utes later to fin­ish the first half in equal foot­ing.

It was then an all X Boys show in the sec­ond half as the Cal­abar­zon Boys lost steam. Cen­tral de­fender Earl Co­ta­mora of Ging­goog led the Re­gion X charge as he put them ahead after he struck from long dis­tance. His long dis­tance shot was just too strong and too far for the Cal­abar­zon goal­keeper.

Striker Vin­son Manubag of Ro­se­vale School then ce­mented Re­gion X vic­tory when he scored after re­ceiv­ing a cross from the left flank.

The Re­gion X had many more at­tempts to score more goals but in­stead hit the cross bar twice and the goal post once.

The three goals how­ever were enough to give them the much needed win over the big­ger but lesser tal­ented boys from Cal­abar­zon.

NMRAA will play to­day at the St. Paul Col­lege field also in Vigan while their third game will be at the Quirino sta­dium on Mon­day morn­ing. NMRAA Start­ing 11: Farhan LabayGK, Aaron Ma­gadan-CB, Earl Co­ta­mora-CB, Kin­sey Drew Yañez-LB, John Quinito-RB, James AladoCM, Jeff Irvin Cas­caraLM, Ren­nan Ballestin-RM, Carlo Bon­go­can-RW, Sam Salin­gay-Striker,

11. Vin­zon Manubag LW Sub­sti­tu­tions: C. Bon­go­can-iver­son Sam­baan, K Yañez-M Do­mado Acoon, V Manubag-Kyle Chaves, J. Cas­cara-Jerand Hor­ti­lano: Un­used sub­sti­tutes: Rawen Ge­men­tiza, Jared Tan, Andy Lu­god, (l.biantan@

COME­BACK WIN. The NMRAA Boys Ele­men­tary foot­ball team pose with coach Mario Su­mam­pong (sec­ond from left) after their, 3-1, win over Cal­abar­zon at the start of the Palarong Pam­bansa in Vigan City, Ilo­cos Sur. (Con­trib­uted photo)

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