Football: NCR to face Central Visayas

Benise P. Balaoing

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NCR and Central Visayas face off in secondary football finals, NCR to meet Western Visayas for elementary championship

GOING FOR GOLD. The NCR team will attempt to bring home the gold at Palarong Pambansa. David Lozada.

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Showing a more polished game, National Capital Region continued to steamroll through competition, this time ripping Bicol Region, 7-0, to land a spot in the finals of the 2012 Palarong Pambansa secondary football championship at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center here.

The win enabled the Metro Manila booters, represented by Far Eastern University – FERN, to challenge defending champion Central Visayas for the crown tomorrow at the same venue.

Region VII leaned on the heroics of Jun Jay Arizabal, who drilled in all goals in their 2-0 win over hard-fighting CALABARZON earlier today.

For NCR, it was Alex Rayos, Jr. who shone bright, banking in three of the team’s seven goals — two of them in the first half — as the Baby Tamaraws hiked their goal total to 35 while conceding only one.

In the elementary division, NCR battles Region VII while Western Visayas takes on defending champion Northern Mindanao in the semifinals. –

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