MANILA – Iloilo’s secondary boys football team retained its crown via a 2-0 win over Negros Occidental in a brawl-free finale of the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet 2019 at the Villareal Stadium in Roxas City, Capiz.
Both teams exhibited tight defense early in the game on Thursday, keeping the match scoreless until the Ilonggos drew first blood at the 40th minute courtesy of Khent Brian Valenzuela.
Negros Occidental had a chance to equalize the game but the Ilonggos were active in denying their shots.
Valenzuela later sealed the win for Iloilo with a conversion in the final minutes.
The championship series was stretched to a do-or-die match after Negros Occidental pulled off a 4-2 victory over the Ilonggos in their first encounter.
The brawl-free finale between the provincial rivals was a welcome sight. Their gold medal game last year in Iloilo City ended in a free-for-all when Negros coach Ian Combate got into fistfight with referee Steve Supresencia.
Meanwhile, Iloilo Province also emerged the winner in elementary boys football via a 4-3 penalty shootout victory against Negros Occidental.
Both teams showed their defensive dominance in the entire regulation and in the extension period before the Ilonggos escaped with the crown on a missed shot by a Negrense player.
In baseball, the Negros Occidental clinched the elementary boys crown after defeating Aklan in the finals.
It secondary boys squad, however, bowed to Iloilo in the gold medal match./PN