FEU, UP, and DLSU secure UAAP 77 Menís Football Final Four spots
Santino Honasan on Feb 15, 2015 10:51 PM
Eric Giganto (8) put on an offensive clinic to help FEU defeat UST, 6-0
Three of the top four teams in the UAAP Season 77 Men’s Football tournament clinched their Final Four bookings over the weekend, as Far Eastern University, University of the Philippines, and De La Salle all scored big wins.
Defending champions FEU managed to regain share of the tournament lead last Sunday with a 6-0 drubbing of University of Santo Tomas at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field. Star-striker Eric Giganto led the charge once again for the Morayta-based booters, scoring four of the Tamaraws’ six made goals. Giganto opened the scoring in the 12th minute, followed by an Arnel Amita conversion in the 16th. Giganto doubled up in the 35th mark to give the Tams a comfortable 3-0 lead going into the haltime break. In the seconf half, FEU continued to pile on to their lead, with Jhan Jhan Melliza finding the back of the net in the 46th minute. Two more goals from Giganto in the 58th and the 62nd minutes sealed the victory for Far Eastern University.
The win pushes the defending champs to 27 points, enough to put them at the top of the heap, while UST bids goodbye to their postseason push as they remain at 6th place with 12 points.
Looking to get back to the finals once again, UP also secured a spot in the postseason with a 2-0 win over University of the East last Saturday at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field. After a scoreless first half, the Maroons managed to get on the scoreboard with a 54th minute goal from Vincent Aguilar. UP leading scorer Jinggoy Valmayor padded the lead with one more goal in the 67th minute and ultimately secure the win for the Diliman-based booters.
UP now also has 27 points, but falls behind FEU in terms of goal difference. UE remains at the seventh spot with four points.
DLSU also managed to place themselves in the Final Four following a 2-0 victory of the winless Adamson squad last Sunday at the FEU-Diliman Field. Archer Gregory Yang gave DLSU an early advantage after connecting on a 20th minute goal. In the second half, Chuck Uy doubled the lead for the Archers with his own conversion in the 61st mark.
De La Salle remains as the only unbeaten team in the tournament, and sit behind league leaders FEU and UP with 26 points, while Adamson remains winless in 12 played matches.
National University made the race for the Final Four more interesting as they defeated Ateneo de Manila, 1-0 last Sunday at the FEU-DIliman Football Field to overtake the Eagles for fourth place. Following a game-winning goal in injury time against UST last Thursday, it was Paolo Salenga who came up big for the Bulldogs once again, scoring an early 29th minute goal to put National U up 1-0 before the half. NU managed to protect their goal and keep Ateneo scoreless in during the remainder of the match to hold on for the all-important victory.
NU moves into fourth place with 23 points, while Ateneo remains very close behind with 22 points.