UAAP 77 Menís Football: Ateneo holds UP to draw as second round begins
Santino Honasan on Jan 26, 2015 12:19 AM
UP remains on top of the UAAP 77 Men's Football standings following a 2-2 draw against Ateneo
The second round of the UAAP Season 77 Football tournament kicked off this past weekend, and a number of the matches resulted in draws, including a highly-anticipated rematch between league leading University of the Philippines and the only team to score a win over them this season, Ateneo de Manila.
The Maroons looked to exact a measure of revenge against their Katipunan rivals for their first round loss, but it was not to be as their second round encounter last Sunday at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field ended in a 2-2 draw.
Ateneo’s Wilson Keith Marcelino had the Blue Eagles hoping for a first round repeat after scoring in the 18th mark, but UP’s Albert Yatco prevented that from happening with an equalizer just ten minutes later. UP received some unexpected help in the 56th mark thanks to an own goal from Ateneo’s Jin Montemayor, putting the league leaders up 2-1. Emilio Acosta saved the Eagles from picking up their second loss with a 60th minute equalizer. Both squads remained scoreless in the remaining 30 minutes of action to keep the scoreboard at 2-2 at full time.
UP retains their hold on the top spot with five wins, two draws, one loss and 17 points, while Ateneo remains at third with four wins, three draws, two losses, and 15 points.
Two more squads currently in the top four of the league saw action last Sunday as De La Salle and defending champions Far Eastern University also went to a 1-1 draw following 90 minutes of regulation at the FEU-Diliman Football Field.
The first 80 minutes of the match saw both squads attempt to find the back of the net on multiple occasions, only to come up fruitless. It was only within the final ten minutes of regulation that points were tallied, as the Tamaraws’ Jhan Jhan Melliza appeared to secure the win for the gold-shirts with an 84th minute penalty goal. And as if late-game heroics are beginning to be a De La Salle trademark this year, Charleston Uy saved the Taft-based booters from their first loss of the season with a 90th minute equalizer to force a 1-1 tally at the end of regulation.
De La Salle remains unbeaten and sits at second place in the standings with four wins, four draws, and 16 points, while FEU remains just inside the top four with four wins, two draws, two losses and 14 points.
Both DLSU and FEU began the second round of action without key cogs as the Green Archers were without leading scorer Gelo Diamante due to a broken clavicle, while the Tams were without reigning MVP Paolo Bugas who went down with an ACL injury. Diamante is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks, while Bugas is reportedly expected to be out for four weeks.
University of Santo Tomas ended up being the only men’s squad to emerge victorious over the weekend, dominating Adamson University, 4-1 last Sunday at the Moro Lorenzo Field.
The Tigers were on point in the first half, making the Falcons’ defense pay to the tune of three goals within the first 45 minutes of action. Efren Menares scored a brace in the first half, finding the back of the net in the 18th and 35th minutes, while the Tigers’ leading scorer Steven Anotado also joined in with a 38th minute conversion. Adamson’s Bless Brian I Jumo pulled one back for the Falcons in the 41st mark to reduce the Tigers’ lead by halftime. Anotado sealed the game in the 61st minute with his second conversion of the game to make it a 4-1 lead, and ultimately the win for UST.
UST remains in sixth place three wins, five losses and nine points, while Adamson remains in last place with eight losses in eight outings.
In Saturday’s Men’s Football match at the Moro Lorenzo Field, National University and University of the East also battled to a 1-1 draw.
Jericho Dagsa scored in the 35th mark to give the Bulldogs the lead at the half, while Regil Kent Galaura saved the Red Warriors from their seventh loss of the year with a 57th minute equalizer.
National U sits just outside the top four with four wins, two draws, two losses and 14 points, while UE sits second to the last with one win, one draw, and six losses for four points.
In the women’s division, defending champions Far Eastern University temporarily took over the top spot with a 1-0 win over University of Santo Tomas, thanks to a 24th minute goal from Barbie Sobredo. The Lady Tams notch their fourth win of the year, along with a loss and 12 points, while UST remains at the bottom with a single win, four losses, and three points.
In other women’s action, De La Salle and Ateneo battle to a goalless draw after 90 minutes of action. Ateneo sits at fourth place with one win, one draw and three losses for four points, while De La Salle sits at third place with two wins, one draw, and two losses for seven points.