UAAP 81 Football: FEU edges NU to capture ninth juniors title
Santino Honasan on Feb 21, 2019 05:15 PM
Pocholo Bugas scored early to hand FEU their ninth consecutive UAAP Juniors Football Championship
Make it nine straight championships for the Far Eastern University Juniors Football Program, as the Baby Tamaraws edged out the National University Bullpups to capture the UAAP Season 81 Juniors Football Championship, Thursday afternoon at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field inside the Ateneo de Manila University campus in Katipunan.
Heading into the finals matchup, these two sides failed to alter the scoreboards in their first two meetings, with both matchups ending in scoreless draws.
That wasn’t the case this afternoon, as FEU finally broke the deadlock in the 16th minute of their third and final matchup, courtesy of a fantastic finish from Pocholo Bugas.
The first-time finalists Bullpups’ best chance at pulling even came in the 80th minute, with NU coming within inches of breaking through the FEU defense.
At the end however, it was the Baby Tamaraws who prevailed, as the captured their remarkable ninth-consecutive juniors championship.
"I'm really happy with this result, actually I felt a little bit of the pressure about the ninth straight win," said Baby Tamaraws head coach Bobae Park. "Many people expected this, but finally we made it and I'm really happy."
The Baby Tamaraws also took home a handful of individual awards including Most Valuable Player, which went to Mark Jessar Tobias, Rookie of the Year which went to Kart Talaroc, Best Striker which went to Pocholo Bugas, Best Goalkeeper which went to Kristian Harold Bumatay, and Best Midfielder, which went to Keith Absalon.
UST's Dominic Absalon was named Best Defender, while second runners-up Ateneo de Manila also took home the Fair Play Award