FC INTER Cebu (FCIC) took advantage of the errors commited by defending champion Hiroshi FC to pull off an upset, 3-2, in yesterday’s start of the men’s open competition of the 12th Interclub Football Cup at the University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus (USC-TC) field.
Hiroshi struck first, scoring the first goal just 40 seconds into the match behind Rogelio Castillon.
However, several errors got the defending champions in trouble.
FCIC was quick to capitalize on a wrong pass from Peter Martin Bionela as Robert Sepe scored the equalizer, 1-1.
Then another blunder got FCIC the lead as Hiroshi’s Jan Michael Flores hit an own goal for FCIC to lead, 2-1.
Hiroshi tried to keep its head above water when John Rey Nieves countered with another goal to force another deadlock, 2-2, at the end of first half.
In the second half, Hiroshi’s lapses in its defense made it easy for FC Interclub to execute their set plays.
In the dying minutes of the game, FC Interclub was saved by a late goal from Kenny Sepe, to complete the upset.
Hiroshi FC will try to bounce back as it plays Erco FC this afternoon.
“We need to work more on positioning, communication and conversion. Daghan mi ug attempts pero wala na convert," said Voltaire Montebon.
In the Above 40 division, Erco-PTT opened its bid with a close 2-1 victory over Queen City A, 2-1, behind the goals of Jose Luis Natavio and Danilo Juezan.
Aside from USC-TC, other games were simultaneously played in San Roque Football Field and Paref Springdale.
At USC-TC, however, members of the press were not allowed to get in to cover the games.
Guards held the media at the gates and told them they can only get in if they secure a permit from their main office.
However, those who only came to watch the matches freely walked in and out of the campus.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 20, 2012.