Cinderellas capture Pangasinan football cup

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Friday, May 2, 2014

THE magic is still there, but the Baguio Cinderellas had to dig deep into the calming effect of experience to pull off a dramatic victory at the expense of Brent School’s young and promising squad Sunday at the First National Summer Football Tournament of the University of Pangasinan in Lingayen town.

The Cinderellas, so named for having figured for over two decades in the national distaff side of the world’s most popular game despite having to scrounge for funds almost each time they compete, tied Brent, 2-2, but still ruled the seven-a-side on a three- goals-for edge over the high school squad.

The eventual champions went to work early, methodically blanking host Pangasinan State U, 4-0, Mariveles, 4-0, and Lyceum Northwestern of Dagupan, 5-0, for a 13-goal aggregate before the crucial draw with Brent.


Brent demolished Lyceum Northwestern, 5-0, and then blanked PSU, 2-0, for a seven goals-for and none against before the crucial 2-2- draw with Baguio.

It needed six goals and none against to tie Baguio but fell short with a 3-0 drubbing of Mariveles in its final match to take runner-up honors.

Supported by the Benguet Electric Cooperative, to which they turn to now and then for registration fees and food requirements, the Cinderellas relied on veteran striker Anna Umoc-Cabanilla who contributed six goals throughout and the defense put up by her sister, full-back Vangie Umoc-Gigan to fashion out the triumph.

With them were pioneer member Virgie Tibaldo-Bungay, second-generationd rafts Judith Doctolero and Melodia Bucahan, teen-aged sisters Jana and Luisa Narie Cabanilla, Jerelle Tabisula and Jinky Salaes.

The Cinderellas feat comes on the heels of their ruling the women’s side of the Canteen Cup of the Philippine Military Academy last February 16.

The original team, organized and trained by coach Manny Javellana in the mid-80s had won numerous national titles, including the 1991Baguio National Invitational and the 1995 National Ladies Cup in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

In the men's side, the Blue Lions of St. Louis University ended up on third runner-up position among 13 teams, while two more Baguio squads, the Garuda eleven of Fr. Carulous Patampang and the Amihan Football Club, reached the quarter finals.

The day-long competition that also offered a 16-under category was co-sponsored by the Lingayen Bagoong chapter of Junior Chamber International and supported by Pangasinan officials led by Gov. Amado Espino Jr. and Vice-governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 03, 2014.


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