By Mars G. Alison
Coach Glen Ramos was two for two in the final day of the 16th Aboitiz Football Cup played at the Aboitiz Sports Field in Subangdaku, Mandaue City.
Ramos steered the University of Cebu (UC) BRO Nationals and the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Under 18 teams to the title of their respective divisions.
The UC BRO Nationals were crowned as the new Men’s Open champions after a 4-1 beating of Leylam FC while the DBTC prevailed over PAREF Springdale FC in a penalty shootout, 4-3, after the match ended in a 1-all stand-off after regulation and 20 minutes of extra time.
Last week, Ramos also coached DBTC to the Under 23 title against University of Southern Philippines Foundation.
DBTC claimed a title it lost to Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) last year.
PAREF Springdale surprised DBTC with an early goal by Anton Alvarez on the second minute.
Angelo Ouano scored the equalizer for the Greywolves after the Springdale goalie had a miscalculation with 13 minutes to go before the final whistle.
Ouano, who later that day won the golden boot award for their division, had a chance to score another goal but the ball sailed over the bar just as the whistle sounded ending the regulation match in a 1-all draw.
The match eventually went into penalty shootout when both teams did not score in the 20-minute extension.
PAREF Springdale scored first in the penalty shootout with Enzo Ceniza converting his attempt. Ezra Decena answered with a goal of his own for DBTC.
Raffi Lipardo missed his chance to give PAREF Springdale the lead while DBTC went up 3-2 on Kerr Agot’s goal.
JR Dakay leveled the score at 3-all on his turn but Vincent Erik “Ngitz” Lovitos pulled DBTC ahead at 4-3.
Ivan Palmero made it 4-all while Moiselle Angelo “Moimoi” Alforque made it 5-4 for DBTC.
DBTC goalie Jake Vicen then sealed the win for the Greywolves when he stopped Sabin Veloso’s attempt to hand PAREF Springdale the equalizer.
In the Men’s Open, Leylam FC succumbed to the faster and taller UC BRO Nationals.
Scoring for UC BRO Nationals were Modey Matthias, Louis Cortes, Ene Famous and Anthony Ihepiotta while Leylam’s lone goal was scored by Saleh Bagherzadegan.