Tamaraws clinch back-to-back UAAP men's football titles
Santino Honasan on Mar 08, 2015 09:34 PM
The FEU Tamaraws are kings of the UAAP Football tournament for the second straight year.
FEU earned their second straight UAAP Men’s Football title last Sunday, following a thrilling 3-2 win over top-seeded De La Salle University.
The Tamaraws handed the Archers their only loss this season, but it proved to be FEU’s most important win, and DLSU’s lone yet arguably most painful loss.
FEU controlled the first half, dominating the ball for the majority of the initial 45 minutes of action, but the scoreboards remained unchanged going into the break.
Things began to pick up in the second half however, as the scoring was opened by fifth-year man Gio Diamante, who made the FEU defense pay in the 58th mark. Eric Giganto answered back in the 72nd minute off a second chance goal to tie things up at a goal apiece.
Sabin Bustamante appeared to clinch the title for the Archers with a high-arching goal in the 81st minute, much to the elation of the DLSU faithful on hand.
However, just two minutes later, the Tamaraws’ own senior Jhan Jhan Melliza gave FEU crowd their own reason to cheer, connecting on an equalizer from an Eric Giganto assist to eventually force an extra 30 minutes of action.
In the additional extra time, Season 76 MVP Paolo Bugas gave the Tamaraws the advantage in the 94th minute, getting one to go in from just inside the penalty box and the FEU crowd once again exploded in cheers as Bugas was mobbed by his teammates in celebration.
The Archers tried desperately to find at least one more equalizer to force a penalty shootout, but there would be none. As the final whistle sounded, the Tamaraws charged onto the field to celebrate another championship season.
“Hindi ko ineexpect yung goal na yun eh. Basta shoot lang ng shoot, yun lang yung iniisip ko eh. Pasalamat ako sa defender kasi na-deflect niya. Ayun, swerte lang.” Bugas told ABS-CBN regarding his game-clinching goal.
Luck or not, Bugas and the rest of the the Tamaraws have all the reason to celebrate as they get to call themselves the back-to-back UAAP Men’s Football champions.