UST regains fourth seed with win over UE in men's football
UST's Conrado Dimacali (7) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against UE.
A couple of second half goals from Renz Gumban and Conrado Dimacali were enough for University of Santo Tomas to power past University of the East, 2-0, to regain the fourth spot in UAAP Season 79 men's football, Thursday afternoon at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field in Ateneo de Manila.
Both squads got their respective chances off in the second round, but it was only on the second frame that business began to pick up, especially for UST, as Gumban knocked in a header in the 50th minute to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the second half.
UE tried to press the action, but just couldn't get their offensive sets to bear any fruit.
Instead, it was UST who managed to strike again, this time from Dimacali, who abused the Red Warriors defensive line en route to an 80th minute converison.
UE came close to pulling one back in the dying seconds of regulation, but ultimately couldn't get anything to go in, and UST held on to the 2-0 victory.
A contrast to the start of their first round, UST begins the second round with a confidence-boosting win, and UST head coach Marjo Allado hopes that this translates to a better second round showing for the Tigers, who are chasing a second straight post-season berth.
"Nung first round, yung first two games, affected emotionally yung players eh, so kung di sila na-motivate ng maayos, babagsak yung UST. Yung first two games against FEU and Ateneo na yun, parang yung morale nung players, akala nila tapos na yung UAAP eh," said Allado.
"Naka-recover kami dun, tapos yung start nng second round na nanalo kami against UE, maganda siya sa posisyon namin. Sana hindi lang kami maging overconfident, kasi some of the players are not that experienced pa eh, ibig-sabihin kapa-kapa pa," Allado added.
With the win, UST jumps back up to fourth place with three wins, one draw, and four losses for ten points. UE sits at seventh with on win, two draws, and five losses for five points.