7s Football League Match Day 7 Results
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 18, 2019 05:19 PM
(Photo courtesy of 7s Football League)
TAGUIG CITY – An action-packed day of football was witnessed in Match Day 7 of the Season 3 Philam Life 7s Football League, 7s Women’s League and 7s Youth League at the McKinley Hill Stadium.
Super Eagles and Ghana FC remain unscathed while Bohemian gained solo third place. Matu Deportivo, Delimondo-Laro FC, Real Amigos ended up on a three-way tie in the standings, after all, picking up victories.
In the first fixture, Ghana F.C. dominated Tondo F.C. from the get-go as Emmanuel Mbata scored a hat trick to secure their seventh victory of the season. Mbata shared that with their wealth of experience, especially playing in the pro ranks before, the pressure is nothing new for the formidable Ghana F.C. team as they gun for a title this season.
“Well first, most of us are ex-professionals – we know how to handle pressure. Even when they were coming towards us, we still have to keep our composure and just play normal,” said Mbata.
After seeing a seesaw affair that almost went to the distance, Real Amigos notched its fourth victory by outlasting Stallions Laguna F.C., 4-3. Emmanuel, Donkor, Bamba, and Messi chipped in one goal each. Coach Lerche Njang admitted some miscues on their end, but he was happy of their win, nonetheless.
“It was a bit difficult because it didn’t go the way we wanted. Players were frustrated inside the field but at that point, they settled down and they knew that we’re going to win this game. It was a game we knew we had to win.” bared Njang.
On the other hand, Delimondo-Laro F.C. also tallied their fourth victory of the season by making a furious comeback against the H&J All-Stars, ending the final tally at 3-2. Montelibano pointed out the team’s persistence and continuous hard work being their keys to victory.
“We’re struggling at shots in, they were defending pretty deep. We took multiple shots and I guess grinding it out really worked to get that third goal,” bared Delimondo forward Jose Montelibano.
The Bohemian Sporting Club outclassed the lowly Superbad team by posting a clean sheet, ending up with a score of 6-0. The win couldn’t be any better for goalkeeper Iz Kyle Morales, who has made his strong debut for the Bohemian Sporting Club. The newcomer shared that his much-experienced teammates have helped eased some pressure off him, given they’re doing their part.
“Everyone just wanted to make it a clean sheet. Everyone wanted to score more goals just to keep the lead and nobody wanted to concede goals [from Superbad],” said Morales.
Super Eagles faced its first real adversity as they faced a gritty Futbol Funatics team in a game that needed extra time to determine the winner. After being hurt midway in the second half, Ebere Ugochukeu was able to still perform well by tallying two goals en route to a 2-1 win.
Ugochukeu remained resilient despite the pain and he was adamant that he could still contribute for the team in more ways than one.
“I had to do something for my team. I can’t stay out and watch them either lose the game or whichever may happen. I had to come in with an injured foot and have to take one for the team,” said the Super Eagles striker.
Matu Deportivo prevailed over the much-improved Ceres-Negros Youth F.C., 4-3. Despite scoring the game’s first goal, Matu Deportivo had to face a furious comeback by Ceres FC as they tied the game at 3-3 at the end of regulation. Eventually, the two teams engaged in extra time and then in a penalty shootout, where Matu Deportivo emerged victorious, 2-1.
Despite missing key players, player-coach Chris Johnson made no excuses about it and he believes that the team can exceed expectations moving forward.
“Nico is one of our biggest presences we have. He’s our captain, so not having him around because of injury is a big blow to us. However, when we can still get out of our comfort zones and win, I think it’s going to be good momentum moving forward for us,” explained Johnson.
In the Women’s League, Young Pinay remained unbeaten while The Younghusbands Football Academy, Outkast F.C., and Bohemian Sporting Club joined the win column.
Young Pinay made a statement that they are out to make noise as they defeated Stallions-Hiraya F.C. with a final tally of 1-0. Karla Rubio was key in keeping their sheet clean all throughout the ballgame with her strong defense.
For coach Mon Almeda, being the only undefeated team in the league is nothing but a bonus to the hard work that his girls are doing.
“When you see your teammates working hard to win the game and to keep the winning streak, talagang ma-momotivate ka,” said Rubio.
“These girls know what to do, they came into the half knowing that they have to do in the second half. They took over, I kept quiet and watched the captains and the older players to direct the second half,” explained Almeda.
On the other side of the field, Outkast F.C. joined in the win column by winning over Sugod-Malaya FC, 4-1 to atone for their loss last week. Experience and chemistry were key for Outkast FC despite admitting of not being fully aware of their opponents’ tendencies.
“We actually don't know how these girls [Sugod-Malaya FC] play, pero dinaan na lang namin sa experience. We all worked hard, made a collective effort in strategies and tactics para manalo against the younger girls,” bared player-coach Marigen Ariel.
The Younghusband Football Academy was able to bounce back from last week’s loss by beating Payatas FC with a score of 6-3. Coach Roberto Caboral bared that last week’s tough loss was their main motivation coming into the game.
“Sabi ko lang, kung kaya natin maka-score ng maaga sa game, gawin natin para hindi na maulit yung last game,” said Caboral.
To round out the Women’s League, it took an extra five minutes for the Bohemian Sporting Club to emerge victorious against the tough Nomads FC with a score of 3-2. In a game that saw the distance after regulation, it was Cathy Aihunu who scored the golden goal for the Bohemian Sporting Club. After winning one for her team, Aihunu couldn’t contain her excitement as she looks forward to playing the next game.
“It's my first time to ever score a golden goal and that made me really happy. Coach Hamed was happy with that as well because our hard work in training paid off. I can now say that we can't wait for the next game,” said Aihunu.
In the 7s Youth League, Bohemian Sporting Club and Loyola posted impressive wins in various age brackets.
In the U9 division, Bohemian Sporting Club has waylaid Nomads (5-1) and Socceroo (4-0). Their U13 counterparts have posted a clean sheet against Bannister (1-0) as well.
Meanwhile, Loyola has made its presence felt in the U13 division after dominating Socceroo with a score of 4-nil.
Here are the complete results for Match Day 7:
7s Youth League:
Bannister 0, Aspire 0
Mondo 2, G8 0
Bohemian 5, Nomads 1
Socceroo 1, Marista 1
Bannister 3, G8 1
Mondo 1, Aspire 0
Nomads 2, Marista 0
Bohemian 4, Socceroo 0
Caribbean 1, Sugod Malaya 0
Nomads 2, Loyola 0
Loyola 4, Socceroo 0
Bohemian 1, Bannister 0
Nomads 1, Bohemian 0
Socceroo 2, Caribbean 0
Xavier 3, Bannister 1
Sugod Malaya 1, Nemesis 0
7s Women’s Football League:
Outkast FC 4, Sugod-Malaya F.C. 1
Young Pinay 1, Stallions-Hiraya F.C. 0
The Younghusband Football Academy 6, Payatas F.C. 3
Bohemian Sporting Club 3, Nomads 2
Philam Life 7s Football League Men:
Ghana F.C. 3, Tondo F.C. 0
Real Amigos 4, Stallions Laguna 3
Delimondo-Laro F.C. 3, H&J All-Stars 2
Bohemian Sporting Club 6, Superbad F.C. 0
Super Eagles 2, Futbol Funatics 1
Matu Deportivo 5, Ceres-Negros Youth F.C. 4 (3-3 regulation; 2-1 penalties)
About Philam Life 7s Football League:
The Philam Life 7s Football League is the country’s flagship seven-a-side football competition.
Founded by former long-time Philippine Azkals defender and influencer Anton del Rosario, the league aims to provide a premier competition for footballers around the nation, groom players for possible international competitions, and develop talents from the grassroots level all the way to top-caliber level.
The third season is the biggest so far in 7s FL’s early existence, as the league was able to draw a record 12 teams in the men’s seniors division while introducing the inaugural 7s Youth Football League and Women’s 7s Football League.