MANILA, Philippines – The 2019 season of the Speed Regalo Youth Football League (YFL) kicked off in style on Sunday at the Alabang Country Club, as teams entered Match Day 1 hoping to get their momentum going with early victories.
Loyola got off to a strong start in the U-13 division, crushing Laos with a score of 6-1. Meanwhile, Kaya Elite 06-07 and Green Archers United both picked up 2-1 victories over MSA Aguila and G8 Academy, respectively.
Meanwhile, Laos and Mendiola F.C. played to a goalless draw that saw both teams relentlessly chase a potential go-ahead goal at the end of the match.
In the U-11 age group, Green Archers United (GAU) and Apuesto Bueno got into a highly contested match, with GAU eventually prevailing, 3-1.
"We're very happy kasi nagbunga 'yung preparation namin for ilang weeks. Tapos nakita namin 'yung laro ng mga bata so very happy talaga kami," said coach Tommy Escoltero of the Archers' performance.
However, it was a day to forget for the Ceres U-11 teams. Its South team yielded to Forza, 2-0, while its North squad dropped a 3-1 decision to Kaya 2008.
On the other hand, the Kaya 2009 team played to a 1-1 draw with Laos, while Loyola secured a 4-2 triumph against Bohemian.
Ceres South found itself trailing by three goals at halftime to Forza A in the U-9 division but refused to wilt. Their resilient effort allowed them to steal a draw, 4-4 and avoid an opening day defeat.
Similarly, Aspire held a slim one-goal lead heading into the break against Kaya 2010 but was forced to settle for a 3-3 draw before an energetic crowd.
"For us today we had a good day, some pretty good performances, and all the kids had fun which is most important," Kaya F.C. Academy's Chris Greatwich concluded after running through their results for the day.
YFL president Mike Atayde was pleased with how the opening day went.
"It's our third year, and I think we have a pretty well-oiled organization. Things went as smooth as it should be. We started on time and ended on time," he said.
"We're very happy that the level today is quite impressive. A lot of the teams and kids showed great potential for future football players in the Philippines."
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