UP dominates Adamson; UST tops UE
Santino Honasan on Dec 18, 2014 05:38 PM
UP wins their third game to move to second place behind Ateneo.
University of the Philippines bounced back impressivelyon Thursday, scoring their third win in the UAAP 77 Men's Football tournament with a 6-0 domination of Adamson University.
Michael Simms converted early for the Maroon shirts, sending the ball left and into the back of the net in the seventh minute. Jacob Ocha then put UP up 2-0, blasting the ball through the Adamson goalie's hands in the 18th.
Daniel Gadia also got on the board, scoring in the 29th minute while Vincent Aguilar put in one of his own in the 41st minute to give State U a 4-0 cushion going into the halftime break.
In the second half of play, the Diliman-based booters put the game out of the Falcons' reach courtesy of a Joseph Fermin conversion assisted by Jinggoy Valmayor. The final nail in the coffin came from a Rogie Maglinas header in the 77th mark.
"They responded very well coming from the loss to Ateneo. Maganda yung adjustment nila and everybody wanted to play with the teammate, yun yung maganda. Maraming one-twos, maraming combinations, so kung ano yung pinagplanuhan, na-achieve naman namin today." UP Coach Anto Gonzales said after the game.
UP heads into 2015 sitting at second place with three wins, one loss and one draw for ten points while Adamson remains at the bottom of the standings with five losses.
In earlier action, University of Santo Tomas notched their second straight win, beating University of the East, 3-0, on a hat trick by striker Steven Anotado.
The first conversion for Anotado came at the seven minute mark, scoring off a header from a Bricenio corner. Anotado again found the back of the net at the 13th minute, putting the Thomasian booters up 2-0 and maintained the lead going into halftime.
Anotado made the UE defense pay once more, two minutes into the second half to notch a hat-trick and give the Tigers a comfortable 3-0 lead.
UE looked to avoid a shutout in the second half and in injury time, but the UST defense would not allow a Red Warriors goal.
After the match, Anotado spoke about his performance: "Nagpapasalamat ako kay Lord, sa family ko, at sa lahat ng Thomasian students na sumusuporta sa amin, sila po ang ang naging inspiration ko today."
The hat- trick moves Anotado's goal tally to six, making him Season 77's leading goal scorer going into the holiday break.
The Tigers have now notched their second straight win, thanks in part to Anotado's offensive skills and some adjustments from UST Coach Marjo Allado.
"Yung mga nakaraang talo namin, dahil sa mga set pieces, kaya binago ni Coach Marj yung play namin." Anotado stated post-game.
UST improves to two wins and three losses for six points while UE drops to one win and four losses for three points.