Negros Occidental Football Association will face Cavite Football Association (CAFA) when the semifinals of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Smart National Under-22 Amateur Championship kicks off today at the Panaad Sports Complex in Bacolod City.
The game starts at 8 a.m.
The Negros Occidental booters clinched a seat in the Final Four by beating North Cotabato Football Association (NOCOFA), 3-0, at the North Ceres Field in Bago City.
Ilemona Usman scored first for Negros Occidental in the 18th minute establishing a slim 1-0 advantage against the visiting squad of NOCOFA before halftime.
Two more goals solidified Negros Occidental’s bid as Jerald Paparon and Taliform Nji Madi found the back of the net in the 59th and 85th minutes, respectively, to give their side a 3-0 edge at the end of regulation.
Notwithstanding the suspension of its key players, the CAFA boys escaped the Bukidnon Football Association (BUFA) crew, 2-1, in their own quarterfinals match held in Bacolod City.
The two provincial representatives in the national Under-22 tilt were unable to score in the first 45 minutes of action resulting in a goal-less deadlock at the break.
However, Spencer Galas managed to slip past his defender to score the first goal of the contest immediately in the 47th minute to give Cavite a 1-0 lead.
The Bukidnon squadron retaliated and was rewarded with a goal of their own just a minute after a courtesy shot by Philip Ceasar Palamine.
Ronald Espinosa sank the deciding goal in the 67th minute.
Besides Negros Occidental and Cavite, also playing in the semifinals are Misamis Occidental-Ozamis Football Association (MOOFA) and Davao Football Association (DFA).
Misamis Occidental-Ozamis Region scored an impressive 4-0 quarterfinals victory over Baguio-Benguet Football Association.
MOOFA launched a blitz in the final minutes of regulation with Paul Ariel Salahit scoring a shot in the 82nd minute followed by the goals of Reymart Pepania and Ericson Tabaranza in the 85th and 86th minutes, respectively.
Kens Dimagna-ong capped off their triumph with a goal of his own in the third minute of stoppage time.
For its part, Davao notched the biggest win of the day through a 10-0 demolition of Camarines Norte Football Association (CNFA).
The defense of DFA gave no room for the offense of their adversaries from Camarines Norte, not allowing the latter to launch an attack.
Leo Abunas and Gerald Grant Gil Susuban led Davao with two goals each. Davao FA will face MOOFA in the second game of the semifinals scheduled at 3 p.m.