PFL Roundup: Global downs Ilocos United, Stallion and Davao end in draw
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 19, 2017 03:34 PM
Global Cebu FC dominated Ilocos United FC, while Stallion Laguna FC and Davao Aguilas FC battled to a scoreless stalemate, Sunday.
- Davao Aguilas vs Meralco Manila (Davao Del Norte Sports Complex, Tagum)
- Ilocos United vs JPV Marikina (Quirino Stadium)
Japanese winger Shu Sasaki bagged a brace as Global Cebu blanked Ilocos United, 3-0, last Sunday night even as Davao Aguilas and Stallion Laguna battled to a goalless draw in the Philippines Football League.
Sasaki scored his two goals in a five minute span at Quirino Stadium in Vigan, after Paul Mulders opened the scoring from the penalty spot as Global moved up to third by improving to 10 points from five matches.
It was Global’s third victory of the season and it came at a time when the club was going through a rough patch after defeats to Home United of Singapore in the AFC Cup and Ceres-Negros two weeks ago.
Coach Marjo Allado got the response he needed from his wards with Mulders slotting home a penalty past Ilocos goalkeeper Baba Sampana in the 23rd minute, before Sasaki found the back of the net in the 25th and 30th minutes.
“It’s a good result for us,” said Allado, whose side claimed only its first clean sheet of the season.
“We played well in the first half, but credit to Ilocos because they also made it difficult for us in the second half. We needed this win.”
Over at Binan Football Stadium, Stallion and Davao remained in search of a first win after both sides failed to find the back of the net in searing conditions.
The best chance of the match fell to Davao’s Serbian target man Nikiola Grubjesic, who fired a penalty straight at the crossbar in the 79th minute.
Davao remained in sixth spot despite picking up its second point of the season, ahead of Stallion on goal difference, while Ilocos fell to last place with just a point to show from five matches.