Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sacred Heart stuns Don Bosco in Milo finals

THE Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu survived a determined Don Bosco Technological Center to pull out a memorable 2-1 upset over in the secondary football finals of the Milo Little Olympics at the Cebu City Sports Center.

It was a disappointing end for the Bosconians, who hours earlier was boosted by Moiselle Alforque’s injury-time goal in their 1-0 win over Springdale in the semifinals.  

In the battle for third, Springdale beat Abellana National School, 1-0.

While the Don Bosco started confidently, it was Ateneo that took the first goal just 11 minutes in.  Matthew MiƱoza found himself free after a DBC defender tripped, but his solo effort from right flank merely kissed the bar.

However, Carlo Villamor was there to head in the rebound past Jake Vicen for the first goal that silence the pro-dominantly Bosconian crowd.

But three minutes later Don Bosco equalized with an impressive goal from Christian Paez, whose 40-yard free kick sailed straight to Ateneo keeper Kyle Adalim, who would find himself a target of similar shots all throughout the game.

In the 15th, Alforque hit the bar, while Adalim collected a header in the 24th to preserve the draw.  Seven minutes later, a jittery Adalim flirted with disaster again after bungling a freekick from Paez but somehow managed to stop Don Bosco from scoring.

In the second half, Don Bosco continued where they started, pelting Adalim with free kicks but that gamble failed. Hoping to catch Adalim off guard, the free kicks he collected easily only boosted his confidence.

Don Bosco Yves Caballero joined in the attacks but the best he could do was hit the bar in the 40th.  In the 53rd, Caballero slipped past three defenders but he also slipped before taking a shot.  Caballero got two chances in the next few minutes but the PHL Under 16 member shot just high.

Don Bosco would pay for their misses dearly a minute later as MiƱoza’s attack from left flank found an unmarked Villamor, who headed in the game winner, sparking a celebration of coaches Jong Perez and Lito Ramos, whose brother Glenn coached Don Bosco.

Don Bosco still has a chance to win a title after its elementary football squad advanced to the semis against Bright Academy after a 5-0 rout of Sacred Heart School.  Bright blanked Lawaan, 2-0.

In the other semis, Springdale survived Camp Lapu-Lapu Elementary School, 4-3, and will face St. Thomas, a 3-1 winner over Sacred Heart School-Hijas. ML

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