Fight cuts short Alcoy vs. Ateneo match in Aboitiz Cup

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

TRASH TALK in a football match led to a free-for-all yesterday in the 18-Under division of the Aboitiz Football Cup.

The incident resulted in the abandoning of the match between Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu and Alcoy, with Ateneo leading, 3-1.

“It started with the trash-talking then it escalated,” said one parent who saw the incident and asked for anonymity.


The parent said one player from Alcoy threw a punch, while another supporter got into the field, triggering the free-for-all. While this was happening, there was also another incident involving the goalkeeper and an Ateneo player, who got rescued by his father.

Another outsider stepped in to help calm the tension but the goalkeeper already got struck in the head, opening a gash.

One Alcoy player got ganged up on because he ran to the Ateneo bench, while another ran all the way to the other field, where another game was being played.

The source added that on the way out, the parents themselves got in the act.

Aboitiz Football Cup fight, brawl

“The parents from Sacred Heart who weren’t there received calls, and the parents from Oslob also called up people they know, like former board members or former councilors for help,” he said. “The police were there, the head of security of Aboitiz was there because one of the Aboitizes was watching the CIS game.”

He also said Atty. Julius Entise, a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Cebu Football Association also arrived and talked to the match officials.

“Gubot kaayo tungod lang sa trash talk,” he said.

Ateneo also got a piece of good news yesterday as its Girls Under-18 team bagged the title over San Roque FC, 5-2.

SRFC’s Mary Borrel drew first blood with a quick goal in just the eighth minute of regulation. AdC answered back in the 21st minute as Selina Fernan hit the back of the net to tie the match at 1-1. AdC would build up their momentum and scored three more goals for a commanding 4-1 lead at halftime.

Pia Acusar struck in the 27th minute, followed by a goal by Ane Ugarte in the 32nd minute, and another one by Andrea Cababahay in the 40th minute.

Itsuko Bacatan cut the lead to 4-2 in the 53rd minute but Fernan retaliated with her second goal in the 61st minute.

Ugarte was the division’s top scorer with 10 goals and was also named the MVP of the tournament. Her teammate Maria Du was also named the best goalkeeper.

SRFC’s Arantxa Trebol and Samaeka Castillo were named the best midfielder and defender, respectively.

St. Theresa’s College (STC) edged out Cebu International School (CIS), 5-4, in penalty shootout to bag third place honors in the Girls Under-18 age group.

Maggie Alcala gave CIS the first lead of the match with a goal in the 20th. But Tara Musni scored the equalizer eight minutes later. There were no more goals in regulation and the match went to a shootout, which STC won, 4-3.

In the Boys Under-18 division, Mactan Camellanz defeated Sais FC, 4-2; Canduman FC crushed St. John Seminary, 7-4; and Leylam FC toyed with CIS , 11-1.

University of Cebu won against University of San Jose-Recoletos Alumni, 1-0; while Crazy Horse settled to a 2-2 draw with Samba FC in the Men’s Open division.

In other Men’s Open matches at the Don Bosco Technology Center football pitch, Queen City United beat Don Bosco United FC; San Roque Rehab thrashed Avengers, 10-3; and Erco FC humiliated CAFC, 12-1.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 17, 2014.


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