FEU, UP aiming for Menís Football Finals repeat
Santino Honasan on Feb 28, 2015 06:43 PM
The Season 76 Finals rematch that everyone wanted to see comes a little bit early, as defending champions Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines meet in the UAAP Season 77 Men’s Semifinals this Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Football Field.
Following a couple of setbacks to NU and UP in the first round, as well as losing Season 76 MVP Paolo Bugas due to injury, the Tamaraws managed to regain their championship form in the second round, drawing UP and DLSU, while demolishing every other team in their path. They closed out the eliminations on a four game winning streak with an average winning margin of almost five goals in each match to eventually finish at second place.
With three of the league’s top five leading goal scorers in their roster (Eric Giganto -16, Arnel Amita -12, Jhan Jhan Melliza -11) The defending champions will be looking to claim the Men’s Football crown for the second straight year, but they will first have to deal with one of the only two teams to beat them this year.
For most of the eliminations, UP found themselves on top of the standings and were eventually a lock to find themselves back in the Final Four. UP finished the first round at the top of the heap following a 3-1 win over FEU and looked to carry their momentum into the semis, but a loss to DLSU and an unexpected draw with bottom-dweller Adamson sent the Maroons down into the third seed.
With the eliminations now behind them, the Diliman-based booters will look to bounce back in the semifinals and book their fifth straight finals appearance. With graduating striker and the league’s second leading goal scorer Jinggoy Valmayor leading the charge, UP will try to get past the defending champions once more.
Their second round meeting proved to be one of the year’s best matches, ending in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Now with everything on the line, their semifinal matchup could possibly end up being another match for collegiate football fans to remember.
Watch the defending champions Far Eastern University Tamaraws take on Season 76 runners-up University of the Philippines Maroons in the Semifinals of the UAAP Season 77 Men’s Football Semifinals! Catch the action LIVE this Sunday, 4:00 pm on ABS-CBN Sports + Action 23 and BALLS HD 167!