UAAP 77 Men's Football: UP beats NU to regain top seed; FEU batters Adamson
Santino Honasan on Jan 31, 2015 08:20 PM
Jinggoy Valmayor scored a 66th minute goal to lift UP past NU
The University of the Philippines picked up its sixth win of the season and regained the top seed in the UAAP Season 77 Men's Football standings with a 1-0 squeaker over National University on Saturday at the Moro Lorenzo Field in Ateneo de Manila University.
UP had numerous opportunities to build an advantage in the first half, but striker Jinggoy Valmayor couldn't quite send it home for the Diliman-based squad. The Bulldogs on the other hand, could not get the shots that they wanted, leading to an empty scoreboard by halftime.
The tides changed in UP's favor however in the second half, as league-leading scorer Valmayor found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead in the 66th minute. National U searched desparately for the equalizer but was unable to make it happen thanks to the defensive efforts of UP keeper Nathanael Villanueva.
UP secures control of the top spot once again with six wins, two draws, one loss and 20 points, while NU falls to four wins, two draws, two losses and 14 points.
In the second match of the day, Far Eastern University put on yet another beating on Adamson University resulting in a dominant 6-0 victory.
The defending champions began their charge early, thanks to a fifth minute opening goal from Jhan Jhan Melliza. Ten minutes later, Val Jurao put his imprint on the scoreboard to put the Tams up 2-0. Nicolas Ferrer Jr. added more cushion to the FEU lead in the 38th mark for a 3-0 halftime lead. The Tamaraws continued to dominate in the second half, as the their offense appeared to be just too much for the Falcons to handle. Leading scorer Eric Giganto adding one more to his season total in the 73rd, while Arnel Amita and Michael Menzi added the finishing touches with goals in the 80th and 86th minutes respectively.
FEU remains strong contenders for the title with five wins, two draws and two losses, and 17 points while Adamson remains winless with nine losses in nine outings.
Jinggoy Valmayor and Eric Giganto remain neck and neck in the race for this season's leading goal scorers. Both have recorded nine goals each so far this year.