UAAP 77 Menís Football: UP opens second round vs Ateneo, DLSU meets FEU
Santino Honasan on Jan 24, 2015 11:22 AM
The second round of UAAP Men's Football action kicks off with UP taking on Ateneo and De La Salle facing off against FEU
University of the Philippines will look to remain on top of the UAAP Season 77 Men’s Football standings as they open their second round campaign against Ateneo this Sunday, January 25 at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field in Ateneo De Manila.
The Diliman-based booters, fresh off a 3-1 win over defending champions Far Eastern University, will once again be looking for retribution this Sunday. The Blue Eagles took the first round matchup between the two squads, 1-0, thanks to a 29th minute penalty kick from Carlo Liay.
UP has since bounced back, winning their last three matches in dominant fashion while Ateneo recorded a win, a draw, and a loss.
Striker Jinggoy Valmayor has been the offensive key for UP, already with a league-leading eight goals this year (tied with FEU’s Eric Giganto). The Blue Eagles on the other hand, have Julian Roxas and the returning Liay to thank for their early season success, both already finding the back of the net three times each.
UP begins the second round at the top of the standings with 16 points, while Ateneo is in third with 14 points.
Also on Sunday, De La Salle will look to remain unbeaten as they meet FEU at the FEU-Diliman Football Field.
Their first round meeting ended in a 1-1 draw, with Nicolas Ferrer giving the Tams the early lead in the 26th minute, while Nathan Alquiros provided the equalizer for the Green Booters in the 31st minute.
Gelo Diamante leads De La Salle in scoring with four goals made this year, while Gerald Layumas has pitched in with three of his own. Eric Giganto has emereged as FEU’s main offensive threat this year with a league-leading eight conversions, while Arnel Amita and Jhan Jhan Melliza have both made it onto the scoreboards four times each.
DLSU remains the only unbeaten team in the league, with four wins, three draws and 15 points to finish the first round in second place. FEU rounds out the top four, with four wins, one draw, two losses and 13 points.
FEU will be missing the services of reigning MVP Paolo Bugas, who suffered an ACL and Meniscus tear during their first round matchup against UP. De La Salle on the other hand, will be without their leading scorer Gelo Diamante, who left their match against UST early and has reportedly suffered a broken clavicle.
In other Men’s Football action, National University (4W-1D-2L-13pts) and University of the East (1W-0D-6L-3pts) officially begin the second round this Saturday, January 24 at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field, while Adamson (0W-0D-7L-0Pts) and UST (2W-0D-5L-6pts) meet on Sunday, following the UP vs. Ateneo matchup.
In Women’s Football action, last place UST (1W-0D-3L-3pts) meets second ranked FEU (3W-0D-1L-9pts) on Saturday at the Moro Lorenzo Field, while third ranked De La Salle (2W-0D-2L-6pts) meets fourth ranked Ateneo (1W-0D-3L-3pts) on Sunday at the FEU-Diliman Football Field.
SCHEDULE OF GAMES
January 24, Saturday (Moro Lorenzo Football Field, Ateneo de Manila)
4:00 PM - UST vs. FEU (Women’s)
6:00 PM – NU vs. UE (Men’s)
January 25, Sunday (FEU-Diliman Football Field)
1:00 PM – DLSU vs. AdMU (Women’s)
3:00 PM – FEU vs. DLSU (Men’s)
January 25, Sunday (Moro Lorenzo Football Field, Ateneo de Manila)
1:00 PM – AdMU vs. UP (Men’s)
3:00 PM – AdU vs. UST (Men’s)