The Bangladeshi Sports Club outlasted and outclassed the field today at the Saipan Scramble Masters Football Tourney at Oleai Sports Complex. The BSC squad downed Fiesta Inter in the Championship match, 1-0, on a lone goal by Saidul Islam.
The mini-tournament was held in connection with the visits of two off-island teams from Guam and Hong Kong. The two teams and their entourages numbered nearly 100 tourists. It was the first time the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association was able to bring in Masters teams for this type of event.
The Bangladeshi Sports Club were able to advance to the final match by besting Po Leung Kuk and PTI in their round robin group. PTI got its first win of the year with a tight 1-0 victory over the Hong Kong squad off a long distance direct kick by Konghyin Shin in the other match in the group play.
In the other bracket, Fiesta Inter was able to nab wins from the Guam Masters FC, 3-0, and from Wild Bill's, 1-0, to advance to the championship. Guam Masters downed Wild Bill's by a single goal, 1-0, in the other group match.
The weekend competition began in the mud on Saturday as the CNMI Women Allstars gave both visiting Master squads all they could handle at the CPA Airport Field before a large crowd. The women fell in both matches, 3-0, but impressed the opponents and crowd with their skill and fitness.
FC Arirang, the local Korean squad, also competed Saturday and drew with the visiting squads. They went scorelss with Po Leung Kuk from Hong Kong and were even with the Guam Masters FC, 1-1.
The NMI FA Men's League resumes play on Sunday August 19th with matches between Fiesta Inter at 230pm and PTI taking on the Bangladeshi Sports Club at 430pm. FC Arirang will have a bye. All matches will take place at Oleai Sports Complex.
The NMI FA Summer Adult Coed League gets back on the pitch Tuesday August 7th with the battle of the pubs as Wild Bill's tangles Porky's Gun's and Roses at 515pm. On Wednesday August 8th, the Pika Raiders will play Fiesta Pirates with a 515pm kickoff. Both matches will be at the CPA Airport Field.