FEU grabs solo lead with two straight victories.
La Salle 4
Matches on Saturday:
(Moro Lorenzo Football Field, Ateneo)
4:00 p.m. --- Ateneo vs NU
6:00 p.m. --- UP vs UST
Far Eastern U striker Eric Giganto continues to pile up goals as he added one more to his 77th UAAP men’s football tournament total, unleashing a missile in the 56th minute as the defending champion Tamaraws eked a 1-0 victory over the University of the East Red Warriors Thursday afternoon at the FEU-Diliman pitch.
Giganto took advantage of UE goal keeper Lendon Clores’ defensive lapse as the Tamaraws bag their second straight win in as many outings atop the standings with six points.
It was Giganto’s fourth goal of the season following a hat-trick in FEU’s 7-4 opening day win last Sunday against the University of Sto. Tomas.
"Very hot, too hot. Everybody, they cannot run," rued Tamaraws' Korean coach Kim Chul Su about the scorching hot weather condition at the pitch.
Clores played superb in the first half, saving several attempts from Giganto, Jess Melliza and Nicolas Ferrer before conceding the lone goal of the match.
Meanwhile, La Salle Green Archers carved their first win clipping a gutsy Adamson Falcons, 3-2, to climb up to second spot behind the Tamaraws with four points.
Gerald Layumas finished with a brace scoring the opening goal just 120 seconds into the game before again finding the back of the net in the 33rd minute for the go-ahead goal after Adamson equalized in the 25th – the Falcon’s first goal after a decade of absence in the tournament courtesy of Gerard Etis.
David Diamante doubled La Salle’s lead, 3-1, with a perfect right-foot tap in to the lower right corner of the goal from Nathaniel Alquiros’ cross in the 35th minute.
Alquiros was also responsible for Layumas' twin goals with his perfect corner kicks.
But substitute Jusuel Pilarca kept Adamson in the thick of the match scoring in the 58th minute after a perfect pass from reserve Marc De Guzman that went between the legs of a Green Archer defender inside the penalty box before fizzling out in the final minutes.
UE and Adamson remain winless after two games.