UAAP 77 Menís Football: Top four teams strengthen Final Four bids
Santino Honasan on Feb 09, 2015 12:31 AM
UP maintains hold of the top spot in the standings with a win over UST
The league’s four best squads improved their Final Four bids over the weekend as University of the Philippines, Ateneo, De La Salle, and Far Eastern University all scored wins in the second round of the UAAP Season 77 Men’s Football Tournament.
University of the Philippines kept hold of their place as the league’s front-runners last Sunday with a 4-1 victory over University of Santo Tomas at the FEU-Diliman Football Field. League leading goalscorer Jinggoy Valmayor led the charge for the Maroon booters once again, as he scored a brace within the first half of action, opening the scoring in the 41st mark and then finding the back of the net once more in injury time. Carlos Monfort and Vincent Aguilar also joined in on the UP scoring spree in the 43rd and 45th minutes respectively, to give last year’s finalists a comfortable 4-0 lead going into the half. Santo Tomas’ leading scorer Stephen Anotado pulled one back for the Tigers in the 71st minute, but that was all the offense that UST could muster against the UP defense.
UP ends up with 24 points to remain at the top of the mountain, while UST remains at sixth place with 12 points.
In the second match at the FEU-Diliman Football Field last Sunday, defending champions FEU gained a measure of revenge against National University, demolishing the Bulldogs 5-1.
In their first round meeting, National U shocked the defending champs with a 3-1 win, led by a Paolo Salenga brace. Salenga looked like he was about to put on a repeat performance, as he had an opportunity to put the Bulldogs up early with a penalty kick but was unable to convert. Salenga didn’t waste his second scoring opportunity however, as he put NU up in the 17th minute, giving the home-school crowd a reason to be nervous going into the halftime break. Fearing for another loss to NU, the Tamaraws charged out of the gates in the second half, with Arnel Amita scoring the equalizer in the 46th mark. FEU piled on in the succeeding minutes, with Jhan Jhan Melliza giving the Tams the lead in the 60th minute, and Audie Menzi scoring a goal of his own, four minutes later. Amita completed a brace in the 74th, dribbling around his defenders to give the Tams a 4-1 lead. Michael Menzi put the match on ice with a final goal in the 78th mark to secure the cruicial win.
Prior to the match, only a single point separated FEU and NU, and a Bulldogs win meant that they would overtake the Tams for fourth place. The win puts FEU up to 21 points, good for fourth place while distancing themselves from NU who are at fifth place with 17 points.
Not too far away at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field in Ateneo de Manila also last Sunday, DLSU kept themselves in second place with a 1-0 win over University of the East
Taking the reins from the injured Gelo Diamante, Gerald Layumas scored his fourth goal of the year for the Green booters in the 13th minute for the 1-0 advantage. The Red Warriors attempted to find the equalizer in the succeeding minutes of action, and had good opportunities to do so, but ultimately came out unsuccessful.
De La Salle improves to 23 points in the tournament, just one behind league leading UP, while UE remains in the bottom half of the standings at seventh place with four points.
In the second showdown at the Moro Lorenzo Field, home-team Ateneo bested winless Adamson University, 2-1.
Emilio Acosta opened the scoring up for the Eagles with a 28th minute conversion. The score stood still up until halftime, giving the Falcons a bit of hope in the second frame. Renko Gaudiel made it a little more difficult for Adamson to get back however, connecting on a 52nd minute goal to give the Katipuneros a 2-0 advantage. Bless Brian II Jumo made the match a little more interesting in the 82nd minute, cutting Ateneo’s advantage down to a single goal. Unfortunately for the young Adamson squad, they were unable to find the equalizer in the remaining eight minutes of regulation.
The win improves Ateneo to 22 points, good for third place in the standings, while Adamson remains in the tail-end with zero tournament points.