Bittersweet. That’s how the Davao boys secondary football squad’s debut in the 2018 Palarong Pambansa went.
Head coach Alex Adolfo celebrated his team’s smashing 5-nil win over Central Luzon but at the same time felt concerned that one of his trusted mainstays went down with an injury this early.
Other than that, count it as a big debut for the Davao booters who leaned on the hat trick effort of Ronald Penales in a spectacular show of marksmanship at the Pagsanaan Football Field in Magsingal town in Ilocos Sur where the elimination round for football is held.
Jhonmarc Duat drew first blood for Davao when he found the back of the net early before Penales, a standout from the Philippine College of Technology, strung up three straight goals in succession. Kian James Laureano, a pick up player from Mati City, closed out the scoring line when he booked in a short stab minutes before the final whistle.
“It’s a good and sad good win kay nanalo kami and we scored 5-0. Sad because meron isang player na na-injured,” said Adolfo after the match.
Adolfo was referring to Alvcin Joseph Panaug, a defensive wiz, who got banged up by the Central Luzon goalkeeper too bad that he broke his shin. He is out of the tournament with a fracture.
His boys are set to clash with Northern Mindanao on Sunday hoping for a win that would improve its chances of gaining the medal round. They meet powerhouse National Capital Region (NCR) on Monday. The Davao eleven are hoping to improve on their quarterfinal finish last year.
The DAVRAA squad is composed of Mienjay Alcano, Amir Andre Amaikurut, Hanz Cedirc Anutan, Jourgan Couzan Anzures, Kenneth Edzane Bacamante, Janmarc Balmores, Alexander dela Cruz, Joshua Jericho de Luna, Johnmarc Diamat, Gerald Estores, Franz Fidel Franco, Isa Mohammed Hajainia, Kian James Laureano, Alvin Joseph Panaug, Ronald Penales, Jomar Nino Qupit, Jpshua Romero, and Miguel Francisco Royo.
Assisting Adolfo at the bench are assistant coach Leo Abunas and goalkeeper coach Sandro Balderas.