UAAP Season 78 Men's Football: NU holds DLSU to 1-1 draw
Santino Honasan on Mar 10, 2016 06:39 PM
National University managed to hold front-runners De La Salle to a 1-1 draw, Thursday afternoon in UAAP Men's Football action
Gerald Layumas struck early for the Green Archers, but Paolo Salenga wasted no time in answering back, as the National University Bulldogs held De La Salle to a 1-1 draw, Thursday afternoon at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field.
The Green Archers were looking to create more distance between them and second-seeded UST heading into the midway part of the season, and early on, it looked like they were poised to do so, as Layumas connected on an 11th minute header to give the Archers an early advantage.
Salenga, who appeared to be banged up early after a hard hit, powered through the injury and connected on the equalizer just four minutes later, a header of his own coming from a corner kick.
The Bulldogs continued to be the aggressor for the majority of the match, with guys like Salenga, Nico Macapal, Francis Abalunan, and Patrick Valenzuela firing out shot after shot after shot, but the closest they got to another conversion was one attempt bouncing off the crossbar.
The usually dominant Green Archers, who looked uncharacteristically lax, couldn’t get their shots in either, and the 1-1 tally held until the final whistle was blown.
“It was supposed to be a win,” National U coach Lem Laranas told ABS-CBN Sports following the match. Laranas was visibly disappointed at the missed opportunity at three points against the league-leaders. “Kung na-convert lang lahat nung goals, statistics-wise, kami yung maraming opportunities, so those three clear shots kasi, hindi nag-materialize eh. Maganda yung laro sana, kaso the result, it did not favor sa amin.”
Laranas said that finishing is one of the things that they have to work on, a sentiment echoed by skipper Salenga. “Kulang sa composure lang, kasi nasa front na kami ng goal, pero hindi naming na-capitalize yung mga chances namin.”
National University moves to two wins, three draws, and two losses for nine points at the end of the first round, good for fifth place in the Men’s division standings.
De La Salle remains at the top of the standings with five wins and two draws for 17 points.