UP rules 5th PIA Cup

Lady Maroons successfully defend title vs home team Futboleras FC 

UP Women’s Football Team X emerged as this year’s Pinay In Action (PIA) Cup champion, successfully defending the title they also won last year, after edging home team Futboleras FC in the finals match, 1-0. They were awarded by PIA founder Senator Pia Cayetano.

Senator Pia Cayetano celebrates with the 5th PIA Cup individual player awardees (L-R): Alyssa Jane Ube (UP, Best Striker), Eunice Roxanne Eduave (UP, Best Goal Keeper), Eloisa Fagsao (UP, MVP), Alesa Dolino (Futboleras FC, Best Midfielder), and Eira Nicole Buhain (UP, Best Defender).

The University of the Philippines (UP) emerged as overall champion of the 5th Pinay In Action (PIA) All-Women’s Football Cup.  The UP Women’s Football Team X edged home team Futboleras FC, 1-0, in the championship match held Sunday at the Governor Mariano Perdices Memorial Coliseum. 

The Lady Maroons won behind the heroics of Kamea Mangrobang, who delivered the winning goal in the second half of the tightly fought finals, enabling UP to retain the title they also won last year. Futboleras FC tried to rally in the remaining minutes, but the defending champs kept the challengers at bay with their solid defense until the final whistle. Futboleras is composed of players from Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, and Negros Occidental. 

In the battle for third, University of Sto. Tomas Team A dominated this year’s surprise team, Red Corals United Football Club Hermusoras of Zamboanga City, 2-0, to bag second runner-up honors. UST Team A earlier lost to UP Team X, 0-1, in a thrilling semi-finals match whose final outcome was determined by a shootout. UP goal keeper Eunice Roxanne Eduave scored the winning goal in the shootout that arranged UP’s finals match-up against Futboleras FC. 

UP also dominated the individual player awards in the 5th PIA Cup, led by veteran Eloisa Fagsao, who was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament. Fellow Maroons Alyssa Jane Ube was awarded Best Striker, Eira Nicole Buhain as Best Defender, and Eunice Roxanne Eduave as Best Goal Keeper. 

Meanwhile, Alesa Dolino of Futboleras FC took home the Best Midfielder award. A total of 16 teams joined this year’s all women’s 9v9 football tournament, the biggest edition of the PIA Cup to date, according to PIA founder Senator Pia S. Cayetano. 

The 5th PIA Cup was organized in partnership with the Negros Oriental-Siquijor Regional Football Association (NOSIRFA). The tournament was also supported by the provincial government of Negros Oriental led by Governor Roel Ragay Degamo; the city government of Dumaguete led by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo; and Negros Oriental 2nd District Representative Manuel ‘Chiquiting’ Sagarbarria.

Other sponsors include Bethel Guesthouse, Gabby’s Bistro, Ziplink Graphix, and Negros Oriental State University. The annual sporting event was covered by official media partners, Negros Chronicle and 96.7 Bai Radio.