Tan Holdings remains undefeated in men’s soccer


THE Tan Holdings Football Club continues to dominate Division A of the Men’s Marianas Soccer League Spring 2022 after earning their sixth win by defeating Eleven Tiger, 6-2, Sunday at the NMI Soccer Training Center.

It was a fairly even match for the first 20 minutes of the opening half as neither team could score a goal despite the constant back-and-forth action.

Eventually, Tan Holdings’ offensive persistence overwhelmed Eleven Tiger and created an opening that allowed Rakib Hassan to score and give his team the lead, 1-0.


Eleven Tiger stepped up defensively but they allowed Michiteru Mita to slip through for another Tan Holdings goal at the 41st minute mark for a 2-0 lead by halftime.

Eleven Tiger returned to the second half by flipping the script and playing the role of the aggressor.

Tan Holdings tried to prevent an Eleven Tiger goal but could not maintain control in the midst of a scuffle, accidentally scoring an own goal.

Eleven Tiger rode that momentum as they kept the pressure going and forced a penalty kick with Tanapon Unsa unleashing a slick curve shot that was beyond the reach of Tan Holdings’ goalkeeper. And so at the 58th minute mark, the score was tied, 2-2.

Unbowed, Tan Holdings mounted a scoring offensive. Dev Bachani was the first to find the back of the net, and his goal rekindled his team’s flame as Jireh Yobech joined the assault by scoring at the 76th minute mark to give Tan Holdings the lead, 4-2.

Kohtaro Goto then scored two consecutive goals at the 82nd and 89th minute marks for a comfortable 6-2 spread en route to victory.


NMI U17 vs Kanoa

Joining the winner’s circle on Sunday was the NMI U17 Development Team which slipped past the Kanoa Football Club, 4-3.

NMI U17 had a strong start with Markus Toves and Paul Lizama scoring at the 5th and 13th minute marks for a 2-0 lead.

Kanoa fought back and their efforts were finally rewarded at the 40th minute mark as Merrick Toves broke through to cut the lead, 1-2.

NMI U17 tried to maintain the distance with their third goal courtesy of Ruben Guerrero, but Kanoa’s Daniell Pablo responded with a goal at the 46th minute mark to stay within reach, 2-3.

Both teams gave it their all in the second half.

At the 64th minute mark, NMI U17 managed to create an opening for Markus Toves who connected his second shot of the day to extend their lead, 4-2.

But Kanoa continued to put up a fight and added a third goal at the 77th minute mark thanks to Andruw Omelau to cut the lead, 3-4.

However, there were only a minutes left in the game, and NMI U17 soon secured victory.


Published by Marianas Variety - Jun 3, 2022

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