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I’m Edward from Philippine Generations. I’m part of the management committee and I have been involved with the group for quite some time.
I am also a football fan and I’ve been following the progress of the first Filipino football team in the UK since it was set up around two years ago. The team, which Philippine Generations helped to form, was originally called Philippine United Football Club, or PUFC.
The club experienced its maiden campaign last season after entering the 2nd Division of the West Hertfordshire League. PUFC exceeded expectations and along the way to finishing second in the league to qualify for Division 1, they thrashed some teams by up to seven goals.
Due to unforeseen circumstances during pre-season, the team was renamed Philippine Football Club, or PFC, after the club’s founder Leo Jensen stepped down.
Norm Parkin, the Head Coach of PFC, recently guided his side to a 7-4 victory over South American opposition Chile F.C. It was the club’s final warm-up game before the start of their second season in competitive football, which kicks off on Saturday the 5th of September. If you would like to know more about what happened in the game, please have a read of Norm’s match report below.
PHILIPPINE F. C. SHINE WITH A FINE VICTORY OVER CHILE F.C.
On Saturday the 28th of August, Philippine F.C. entertained South American side Chile F.C. in the team’s final pre-season friendly before the start of the new season. It was a cracking and hard fought game, which we eventually won 7-4.
We started with flowing football and opened the scoring within the first five minutes of the game when Ben Tolete struck from close range.
Not long after, we found the net again when Jason Arroyo cut inside and steered his shot past their advancing keeper to make it 2-0.
We were well on top of things at this stage and it was inevitable that we would score again. This time the goal came from Michael Cepillo, who slotted the ball home with little effort, making the scoreline 3-0.
As you can imagine, with a lead of three goals in the space of 25 minutes we were coasting, but then the unthinkable happened.
From bad defensive work we let Chile pull a goal back to make the score 3-1. Then a few minutes later, after another slip-up, Chile scored their second goal to make it 3-2.
Chile started to believe in themselves and with their confidence growing by the minute the shoe was now well and truly on the other foot.
It was only a matter of time before they got the equalizer, and what a stunner it was, arriving 5 minutes before half-time.
For the PFC fans who know me, you won’t be surprised to find out that my guys got a half-time roasting from me, but it seemed to work as usual. As soon as the second half started we started to play the good stuff that we are noted for.
Even though we were playing well, Chile scored again against the run of play to take the lead for the first time, making the score 3-4.
I was not worried because I knew that if we kept playing the way we were, I was sure of a good outcome and I wasn’t wrong.
We stepped up a gear and our equalizer came a few minutes later, with a tap-in from Aniello Mone, who made it 4-4.
Another followed with an effort from Jason Arroyo, who smashed in his second goal of the day to put us back in front 5-4.
The Chile team started to tire and Ben Tolete took full advantage of the situation, slotting home his second, making it 6-4.
By this time there was only one team in it. To cap a sound performance Michael Cepillo bagged his second goal, making the final score to 7-4.
It was a very good victory, which I admit was a little uneasy at times to say the least. The South Americans had some very skilful players and they really gave us a good work out before we start the new season next Saturday.
It was nice to see that three players all scored a brace each, and even though a few of our players were missing, on the whole, the team put in a very good performance.
Man of the Match this week went to Jesse Arroyo, who was prominent in both halves. He used his pace, tenacity and aggressive (never say die) attitude to devastating effect.
Remember our season starts next week so tune in for the next report and keep the faith all you PFC fans.
Yours in Football,
PFC Head Coach / Team Manager
West Hertfordshire League Division 2 games will take place every Saturday, starting at 2pm. Their first game of the season is this coming Saturday and they are playing at Home. If you would like to watch the team play, their ground is located in Watford. The address is: Queen’s School, Aldenham Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire, WD23 2TY.
Keep an eye out here for future Philippine Football Club match reports. More details on the upcoming fixtures will also follow. If you would to know more information send an email to: email@example.com
2009-2010 PUFC Team Photo
(Top row) from left to right: Raymond Tordecilla, Garey Reyes, Jeff Burgin, Michael Cepillo, Engelbert Cepillo, Keith Townsend, Ryan Suyat, Brian Buazon, Aniello Mone, Marco Ordona, (Bottom row) Leo Jensen [Founder], Steve Conroy [Assistant Coach], AJ Low, Jesse Arroyo, Norm Parkin [Head Coach], Renee Banao, Oliver Liyanage, Leo de la Cruz