Luck of the draw: Dream Big Pilipinas 14&U training team finishes top 4 in the Nomads Cup

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Feb 2 – A mix of 12-14 years olds from Pasig and Mandaluyong were formed to participate in the Nomads Cup in Merville Village without practice session. The primary objective was to field a larger group of players who have not participated in high-level competition.

The first team impressed by keeping ball possession consistently in all their matches, but unfortunately could not convert offensively. Rustiness showed in frequent misfires at goal.The result were multiple draws, which eliminated the team from moving out of the group stages. This though was a feat considering the team’s lack of training, as well as the level of competition they were up against, with some teams training 2-3 hours daily.

Due to another team’s default the second team advanced to the semifinals against host club Nomads FC who eventually won the tournament. The team held a strong defensive stand for the first half, but the opposing team pulled through with 4 goals to finish the match.

Those playing in their first tournament expressed a lot of joy in the experience. Players also took full advantage of the village playground where they were able to interact with players from other teams.

Note: 2 players from the Weekend Football Clinic Fundraisers joined the contingeant: Striker, Jack Flor and Full Back, Davin Cuaso.

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