SHIRLEY'S Football Club claimed the Division A championship of the Dove Women's League Spring 2021 after winning a nail-biting match against Southern United Football Club on Sunday, May 30, at the NMI Soccer Training Center.
Southern United seemed to be the hungrier team as its players were the first to draw blood. Thirteen minutes into the game, their persistency paid off, providing Pia Ngewakl with an opening for the finish.
SUFC decided to stick to its aggressive play and gradually wore down Shirley’s once again at the 19th minute mark with Britany Wally extending her team’s lead, 2-0.
In the second half, the SUFC players remained on their toes and scored their third goal courtesy of Christina Atalig.
Shirley’s players finally found their second wind and the back of the net for the first time thanks to Jerlyn Castillo.
Her goal acted like a spark plug as team-mate Katrina Costales took over the spotlight, scoring two goals, one at the 37th and the other at the 40th minute marks to level the score, 3-3, resulting in a penalty shootout.
Wally, Atalig and Summer Manahane successfully connected their shots for SUFC, but Shirley’s balanced the scale with three shots courtesy of Costales, Julliane Hall and Mae Ito.
Shirley’s denied SUFC's fourth attempt while Francesca Bucalig sank the game-winning shot to secure the championship for Shirley’s, 4-3.
Earning third place was the Kanoa Football Club which edged TanHoldings FC, 1-0, thanks to some late-game teamwork that allowed Kanoa’s Khristelle Itaas to deliver the game-winning goal.