The University of Santo Tomas holds the provisional lead in the table as the UAAP Season 81 men’s football tournament officially kicked off last February 16th at FEU-Diliman Football Field.
The Golden Booters tallied five points with victory against DLSU (3-1) and two draws against Adamson University(1-0) and National University(2-2) on their record to begin their campaign.
Conrado Dimacali, JR Villanueva and Glenn Ramos fired a goal each in the Golden Booters’ win against the Green Archers as they registered it 17th, 36th and 68th minute respectively to give the Espana-based squad their first victory this season.
“Naka-score kami ng three goals, pero my concern is yunglaronaminkanina. This is not how we play. Siguro first game, naninibagoyungmga players, especially yungibang rookies,” UST head coach Marjo Allado said via Tiebreaker Times.
Far Eastern University occupied the second spot with four points, thanks to their victory against UE (4-1) and a draw against Ateneo de Manila University (1-1).
Four players scored for the Tamaraws in their victory against the Red Warriors with Jermi Darapan, Gio Pabualan, Dominque Canonigo, and Alex Rayos found the back of the net in 30th, 49th, 61st, and 67th respectively.
“Even if not enough our number of players, our team players (are) really focused as one team. Even if we allowed a penalty first, we (stayed) patient and then (countered) as soon as we can score,” FEU head coach Park Bobae said in the separate article published by Tiebreaker Times regarding the line-up of only 16 players for this season.
Despite suffering defeat early in their campaigns, De La Salle University and the University of the East shared the third spot with three points each with the former had first three points came in a victory against Adamson University(1-0) and the latter with three points came at the expense of Ateneo de Manila University (1-0).
Following them is Adamson University which already recorded two points in virtue of salvaging a draws against National University (1-1) and UST (1-1), an improvement after the Soaring Falcons failed to register any point last year.
Ateneo de Manila University have one point so far on their UAAP men’s football campaign after salvaging a draw against FEU (1-1) and losing against UE (1-0).
Defending champion University of the Philippines scheduled to make their debut against National University. FEU battles UST while DLSU faces UE as the men’s football tournament set to continue this February 28th at the FEU-Diliman football field.
Philippine U-22 bows out from AFF U-22 Championship
The Philippine U-22 football team stint in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) U-22 Youth Championship concluded early after a winless Group Stage campaign.
JB Borlongan scored the lone goal for the Philippines in the 58th minute as the U-22 team received a 2-1 spanking in the hands of Vietnam to begin their campaign last February 17th at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
It was a come-from-behind victory for the Vietnamese after Tran Danh Trung registered a goal for his team in the 74th minute and fellow compatriot Le Minh Binh converted his own at the 78th minute.
“The boys fought hard,” said Philippine U-22 head coach Anto Gonzales via Inquirer.net.” But we collapsed toward the end. This is the result of just two weeks of training. I don’t blame the players. They did well under the circumstances.”
Bad luck is still on the side of the U-22 team after receiving a 3-0 loss against Thailand last February 20th at the same venue.
Jaroensak Wonggorn, Jedsadakorn Kownggam, and Saringkan Promsupa registered a goal each for Thailand during the 3rd, 12th and 84th minute respectively.
“Thailand gave us a tough game as we had expected, but we tried hard especially in the second half and I thought we came really close,” Philippine U-22 team captain Dimitri Limbo quoted in an article of Inquirer.net.
The U-22 team formally ended their campaign with a 1-0 defeat in the against Timor Lester last February 21st with Mouzinho De Lima found the back of the net in the 64th minute to give his country a victory and dashed the hope of the U-22 to advance to the next round aside from giving the U-22 team a winless campaign.
The members of the U-22 team sent for the AFF U-22 Youth Championship are Miggy Clarino, Ray Sanciangco, JB Borlongan, Kyle Magdato and Daniel Saavedra of the University of the Philippines.
Also included are Jae Arcilla and William Grierson of Ateneo de Manila University and Nico Andes of National University.
NCAA football champion San Beda University was also represented with Michael Asong and Kenry Balobo. College of Saint Benilde also has a representative in Lawrence Baguio, Earl Laguerta and Vincent Lovitos while Lyceum of the Philippines University lends Winces Balbino, Banjo Mahinay, and James Mansueto.
Jumbel Guinabang of Arellano University was also called up together with Dean Ebarle (Kaya FC Iloilo), Jordan Jarvis (Hong Kong Eastern), Dylan De Bruycker (Ceres-Negros FC), Mark Winhoffer (Yale University) and Dimitri Limbo (Sunderland AFC).