NMRAA boot­ers on fire

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THE North­ern Min­danao sec­ondary boot­ers on Sun­day drew first blood, over­whelm­ing Davao op­po­si­tion in their Palarong Pam­bansa cam­paign at the Pagsanaan pitch in Vigan, Ilo­cos Sur.

They whipped Davao re­gion, 4-2 be­hind the as­sault spear­headed by NM’s re­in­force­ment from Bukid­non Faith Academy in An­drew Ramos and Tarshis Gar­ciano.

Gar­ciano pro­duced the fastest goal in Palaro foot­ball his­tory when he scored from a vol­ley shot 40 sec­onds af­ter kick­off, com­ing from a pass by his strik­ing part­ner An­drew Ramos. He volleyed it to the top cor­ner of the Davao goal that caught the goal­keeper off-guarded.

Davao how­ever re­fused to give up and scored an equal­izer from the penalty spot af­ter de­fender Joshua Ebarat handed the ball in­side the penalty box.

The NM boys of coach Web­bie Ran­ices then pushed for­ward as Ramos put them ahead with a goal off a pass from Geo Ta­can­dong for a 2-1 ad­van­tage.

Ramos and Ta­can­dong then teamed up near the end of first half as Ramos, son of well-known coach from Min­danao Greg Ramos, scored to give them a 2-goal lead at the half.

Gar­ciano then sealed their first win with an­other goal at the start of the sec­ond half, even as Davao still man­aged to squeak in an­other goal af­ter an er­ror by a NMRAA de­fender.

“It was per­fect ex­e­cu­tion of our team play,’’ later said coach Racines, who is as­sisted by his son Mawi.

Racines is also the foot­ball men­tor of Cor­pus Christi School in Ca­gayan de Oro.

The NM boys will play Cen­tral Lu­zon to­day and then Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion to­mor­row.

Mean­while, the NMRAA’s el­e­men­tary boys were not lucky how­ever. They got mauled by the pow­er­house Cen­tral Visayas, 4-0 of coach Glen Ramos.

The Civies got their goals from Ethan Roxas, Joseph Garces, Alezan­dro Ledesma and An­drew Zamora.

The NM kids were play­ing Mi­maropa as of press time. Mi­maropa is com­posed of play­ers from the is­land prov­inces of Min­doro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.

The NM kids need to win this match to stay in con­tention for the quar­ter­fi­nals. A loss will send them home in­spite of their 3-1 win over Cal­abar­zon last Satur­day.

“We at­tacked them from the wings, con­trolled the mid­field and pressed their at­tack­ers,’’ said coach Ramos af­ter the match.

“The North­ern Min­danao boys are tech­ni­cally good, but lack ex­pe­ri­ence. Just like us they have very few play­ers who have played in the Palaro last year but we com­pen­sated it by mo­ti­vat­ing them to im­prove,” added Ramos, a for­mer na­tional coach and now the as­sis­tant coach of Global-Cebu FC in the Philip­pine Foot­ball League.

The Civies, who fash­ioned out a 5-0 win over Mi­maropa on Satur­day’s open­ing day ac­tion, also blanked Cal­abar­zon, 7-0 to make it first in the quar­ter­fi­nals. (l.biantan@ gmail.com)

IF we still be­lieve in Manny Pac­quiao—we should why not?—he will have his 66th fight in barely three months from now.

His op­po­nent is Lu­cas Matthysse of Chubut, Ar­gentina.

The reign­ing world wel­ter­weight cham­pion in the World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WBA), Matthysse is, at 35, not that young any­more.

But so is Pac­quiao, who, at 39, is quite a bit

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