Malaya FC U15 snatch bronze in 2019 Borneo Cup

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 04, 2019 09:41 AM
Malaya FC U15 snatch bronze in 2019 Borneo Cup
Malaya FC U15 avenged an earlier loss to DPM Sports School of Malaysia to capture third place in the 2019 Borneo Cup.

KOTA Kinabalu – After dropping their first two matches in the round robin stage of the 2019 Borneo Cup, Malaya FC U15 looked like they were coming home empty-handed from the international youth football competition.

But the born 2004 boys, dug deeper to find that little extra to send them to a third place finish in the tier 3 AFC-sanctioned tournament.

U15 opened their Borneo Cup campaign with a 0-1 defeat in the hands of Indonesia Muda; followed by a 0-2 loss to another Philippine team, Makati FC. The breakthrough came in the match against SMK Beluran (Malaysia), which the Malaya boys won 2-1.

The second day began with a 1-2 heartbreak to DPM Sports School of Malaysia. But the boys found their groove again to post a 6-0 win over Malaysia’s SMK Kinarut in a rain-soaked match.

The battle for third place saw a rematch between Malaya and DPM Sports School, with the Filipino squad prevailing 3-1 this time.

“You have to know the story behind that second runner-up finish to really appreciate it. First, their original coach couldn’t make it because of visa issues so they basically played without a coach on the first day. Then, they dropped their first two matches,” said Mark Duane Angos, Malaya Football Club secretary-general.

“To rise from all that and go on to win third is just awesome. We couldn’t be any prouder of this team,” he said.     

Former Azkals player and Malaya FC U16 coach William Gueridonn took over coaching duties for the U15 on the second day.

The U15 squad is the second of 5 teams fielded by Malaya FC in the highly competitive tournament, which attracts some of the best youth football teams from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Hongkong, Australia, and the Philippines. The U16 team won second place.

Malaya Football Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to using the sport of football for community development. The club gives children from underprivileged communities the chance to learn and play football through free training and participation in highly competitive leagues such as the Youth Football League, as well as local and international tournaments.

A member of the Cavite Football Association (CAFA) and a founding team of the YFL, Malaya is supported by various individuals, organizations, and corporate sponsors such as Cherrylume, Frontrow, Genesis Transport Service, TELUS International Philippines, Manila Standard, Allianz-PNB Life, Barcino, Mister Donut, Bootcamp Football Shop, Pagcor, and Smart Communications.

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