Ateneo comes from behind to draw UP in men's football

Ateneo comes from behind to draw UP in men's football
Ateneo and UP battled to a 1-1 draw in the second round of UAAP men's football action

The second round of the Battle of Katipunan ended in a stalemate, as Ateneo de Manila University scored in the second half to hold defending champions University of the Philippines to a 1-1 draw, Sunday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Field.

With their first round meeting going in favor of the league-leading Blue Eagles, the Fighting Maroons were no doubt looking for a bit of revenge, and 32 minutes into the match, it looked as if they were going to get it courtesy of a sliding goal from sophomore King Miyagi. 

Looking at possibly their first L of the season, the Ateneo regrouped in the second half, and managed to draw up an equalizer, with Jayrah Rocha heading in a Jarvey Gayoso corner in the 55th mark.

Late in the match, it looked as if UP had once again regained the lead with the Maroons managing a conversion off a set piece. 

The goal was waved off however, as the officials said that UP was off side. 

Neither squad would breach goal lines for the rest of the match, leading to the 1-1 outcome. 

"Medyo happy, kahit papaano, kasi to get a point against UP, talagang we need to deserve it," said Ateneo coach JP Merida, following his team's second straight draw. 

UP head coach Anto Gonzales on the other hand, wasn't too thrilled about the match's officiating, pinpointing UP's would-have-been second goal that was waved off. 

"Paano naging offside? May tao sila sa poste! That goal was not offside, definitely."

Gonzales did gave a positive assessment of his boys after the match. "I thought we did very well in the first half, all the objectives were checked. In the second half, compared to our last game against Ateneo, somehow we did better," 

Ateneo moves to six wins and two draws for 20 points, while UP moves to four wins, three draws and a loss for 15 points. 

 

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