(UPDATED) A U15 (under 15 years old) football team from Davao City on Sunday bagged the championship in the age group in the JSSL Professional Academy 7 meet in Singapore.
The Davao Aguilas beat Anza Socceroos, 1-0, in extension time.
Mike Atayde, president of the Davao Aguilas Football Club (DAFC), told The Manila Times that the Filipinos faced a taller and bigger team made up of players from Australia and New Zealand.
"The Anza team were tall, skillful players, mostly Australians. Our all-Filipino boys played with equal skill and a lot of grit, giving it their all," Atayde said.
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Anza had more attempts on the goal, but Aguilas defended well and came up with counterattacks, he said.
The regulation period ended in a 0-0 draw, and JSSL rules stipulate the overtime would be a three-versus-three format.
"Coach Aber Ruzgal gambled by replacing the DAFC keeper with a right back player so we can attack fluidly to the opponents goal," Atayde said.
In the overtime period, Andres Dumlao passed the ball to John Mark Visitacion, who found an open Karl Molina.
Molina scored to give the Aguilas a 1-0 lead.
The Filipinos beat 11 other teams in their age group and never conceded a goal, which Atayde attributed to the team's solid defense and goalkeeper Josh Stephen Borromeo.
The JSSL tournament in Singapore pitted 450 teams competing from U6 (under six years old) to U16 (under 16).
The Aguilas will participate in the Bakuna Cup on September 17 and the Youth Football League on September 24, both to be held at the Alabang Country Club.
The Youth Football League is the country's biggest 11-a-side tournament where 11 players make up a team.
Aside from Borromeo, Dumlao, Visitacion and Molina, the other members of the team are Andres Eduardo Barredo, Sebastian Gabriel Guinto, Jaeseung Kim, Noah Ong Llamado, Gabriel Luis Montelibano, Lucas Martin Montelibano, Santiago Juanito Remulla, Zedrick Roa and Nicolo Andres Feliciano.