UST grabs share of Men’s football lead after win over UP

Santino Honasan on Mar 10, 2016 07:26 PM
UST grabs share of Men’s football lead after win over UP
The UST Tigers held on to a 1-0 win over UP to grab a share of the lead in the UAAP Season 78 Men's Football tournament

An early penalty conversion for senior Ronald Batisla-ong was enough push University of Santo Tomas past University of the Philippines, 1-0, Thursday afternoon at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field in Ateneo de Manila.

A frustration foul from Ian Clarino resulted in the Maroons defender getting booked with a red card and the Tigers getting awarded a penalty kick, which Batisla-ong easily converted in the 18th minute.

The penalty conversion would be the easiest chance at a goal that UST would have for the rest of the match however, as the UP defense would lock the Tigers down for the rest of the afternoon.

That’s when Thomasian keeper Zaldy Abraham stepped up big time, as he preserved the UST advantage by deflecting and saving a handful of UP’s clean attempts, including an on-target free kick from Patxi Santos.

The contest also turned out to be one of the season’s most physical so far, as five cards were handed out, four coming from the UST side.

The Tigers managed to pull out the 1-0 win and keep their impressive season intact.

UST coach Marjo Allado was thankful that even though this wasn’t their best outing, they still managed to come away with the valuable three points.

“Off na off kami, but at least nanalo kami ng 1-0,” Allado told ABS-CBN Sports. “We didn’t give in, we didn’t give up, off na off yung players kasi simpleng pasa, wala, kaunting control, wala.”

According to the long time Tigers mentor, UP has always been an intimidating team for them, and it has been a while since to Thomasians took a win over the Iskolars. “They look at UP kasi as one of the top teams eh, may respeto, medyo na-intimidate ng kaunti. But at least kahit papaano, nanalo parin kami, we gained three points, and that’s our target eh.”

Allado also stated that his boys need a bit of time off to rest and recover before the second round resumes on Sunday. They’ll be missing the services of Batisla-ong and Onyok Busmion however, who both accumulated red cards in their match against UP.

UST and DLSU find themselves tied at five wins and two draws for 17 points apiece, but the Green booters hold a slight edge due to goal difference.  

UP remains at fourth place with three wins, two draws, one loss and eleven points, tied with defending champions FEU. 

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