Win or loss in today’s final game against Handumanan, Talisay City grade school footballers are on their way to claiming the crown in the inaugural offering of the Negros Occidental Football Association “The First Step” Under-11 League.
The young wards of Ruben Clavesillas have 12 points to their credit to top the team standings while closest pursuer and opening day tormentor Handumanan, fell back with seven points despite a 3-1-1 win-draw-loss record in the league.
Merging with Sum-ag Elementary School early in the competition, the Handumanan/Sum-ag team started strong and registered back-to-back wins but discrepancy in the ages of the Sum-ag players prompted league officials to deduct three points from their total output.
While Sum-ag decided to withdraw from the league, Handumanan stayed on, won one game and forge a draw in another, to make up for the lost points.
At third place is Andres Bonifacio Elementary School with four points while Rizal/ETCS lags behind with two points.
ABES and Rizal/ETCS will face each other today in the first game at 2:30 p.m. while the game between Talisay and Handumanan follows at 4 p.m. Venue of the games will be CHMC Talisay.
Should Talisay and ABES win, the latter will share the second spot with Handumanan while a Rizal/ETCS victory will relegate ABES to the bottom of the team standings.
Meanwhile, Talisay’s Keith Plotenia emerged with the highest number of goals in the league with 10 markers, including the three goals he made during the April 18 game against ABES.
His teammate Michael Malaga, who also scored three goals in the game, has the second highest number of goals with six, followed by ABES’ Jervo Mirasol and Rizal/ETCS’ Philip Malunes with an identical four goals.
Organized by NOFA under the leadership of former Negros Occidental Fourth District Congressman Charlie Cojuangco, the experimental Under-11 League is introducing a new football competitive framework for the children in the province as a first step to build regular leagues in the different regions.*NAB
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