Posted: Saturday, January 1, 2022. 3:25 pm CST.
Photo Credit: Cesar Mendez
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Benque Youth beat the Benque Veterans 4-2 in the traditional Benque Viejo del Carmen End of Year football match on Friday, December 31, 2021.
The Young versus Veterans’ match was held at the Edmund Marshalleck Stadium in memory of doctors Kevin and Kenneth Guerra who passed away in 2020, victims of COVID-19. Both, known as ‘Los Cuaches’ because they were twins, were very popular football players in Benque.
Though most of the games have been won by the older guys, in this match they faded in the second half after scoring the only goal of the first half through the efforts of Esvin ‘Bull’ Carrillo in the 44th minute.
The tide turned in the second with the youth hitting four in a row. Wilber ‘Pollo’ de la Rosa, Desmond Wade Jr, Richard Osarobo, and Owen Sosa converted before Rafael ‘Juny’ Guerra, ‘Los Cuaches’ younger brother, scored the second for the Veterans.
According to veteran player Cesar Mendez, the game was paused for two minutes of silence at the 12th and 13th minutes in memory of the Guerra brothers who died on December 12 and 13, 2020.
The traditional match, which was first played on December 31, 1994, has now been held 27 times, only missing last 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The game features only players who either were born in Benque or live in Benque.
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