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Faith Nazarene boys win National Football Championship

The boys of the Faith Nazarene Primary School, the Cayo district champions, won the National Primary Schools Football Championships organized by the National Sports Council at the M.C.C. Grounds on Friday, December 7.
Faith Nazarene boys won the championship finals 2-1 over the Belize district champions, the boys of San Pedro RC School.
Brandon Cante scored the first winning goal for Faith Nazarene in the first half and added a second goal in the second half. Only Jason Maldonado scored a consolation goal for San Pedro.
Faith Nazarene boys advanced to the finals by a 1-0 victory over the Orange Walk district champions, the boys of La Inmaculada RC School in the semifinals. Brandon Cante also scored the winning goal.
The San Pedro boys advanced to the finals undefeated, after a 3-0 blast of the Toledo district champions, the boys of Golden Stream Government School, in the other semifinal match. Jose Henriquez scored San Pedro’s first winning goal in the first half and Melvin Trujillo added two more goals after intermission.
The La Inmaculada boys won the consolation game for third place 1-0 over Golden Stream boys when Amir Munoz scored the winning goal.
The Faith Nazarene boys advanced to the semifinals undefeated as they won the second match of the day 1-0 over the Corozal district champions, the boys of Our Lady of Guadalupe RC School, when Edberto “Dary” Concha scored the winging goal.
Concha also scored the winning goal in their second victory 1-0 over the Golden Stream boys in the fourth match of the day. Enley Ranguy, Nicolas Coc and Donaldo Makin led the Golden Stream boys’ counterattacks, but they made little impression on the Cayo defenders who shut them out until the final whistle.
San Pedro RC School boys advanced to the semifinals undefeated as they won the opening game of the tournament 4-0 over the La Inmaculada boys. Melvin Trujillo scored the first winning goal, and Jason Maldonado put the game on ice by scoring a hat trick. Ivar Canas, Amir Muñoz and Fidel Acosta tried to put La Inmaculada on the scoreboard, but to no avail. The island defense simply locked up shop and frustrated their every try.
The San Pedro boys also won their second outing 1-0 over the Stann Creek district champions, the boys of Christ the King Anglican School. Jason Maldonado struck the winning goal in the first half, and the island boys defense frustrated the Stann Creek boys’ tries until the final whistle.
Golden Stream boys advanced to the semifinals by a win and a loss as they triumphed 4-0 over the Corozal boys in the sixth game of the first round. Enley Ranguy scored the first winning goal, and Donaldo Makin soon added a second goal. Enley Ranguy added a third to lead 3-0 at intermission. Ranguy completed his hat trick by adding a fourth goal in the second half. It was the Corozal boys’ second loss, eliminating them from the semifinals.
The La Inmaculada boys had also advanced to the semifinals by a win and a loss as they triumphed 3-0 over the Christ the King boys in the fifth match of the day. Ivar Canas scored the first and Fidel Acosta scored two more for the 3-0 win. It was the Stann Creek boys’ second loss, so they too were eliminated from the semifinal round.
Minister of Sports Hon. Herman Longsworth presented the championship, second and third place team and individual trophies to the winners in the award ceremonies after the final game. Brandon Cante won the Most Valuable Player award, for scoring three goals.

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