UST survives UP to remain unbeaten in Men’s Football
Santino Honasan on Mar 13, 2016 08:00 PM
Jayson Rafol (2) scored late in the second half to help UST hold UP to a draw, 3-3, and remain unbeaten in UAAP Season 78 Men's Football
Days removed from their physical first round meeting, University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines went at it again and put on arguably the best game of the season so far, figuring in an exciting 3-3 draw, Sunday evening at the McKinley Hill Stadium.
Playing without the presence of on-pitch leader Ronald Batisla-ong and Onyok Busmion, both serving suspensions for red cards, the Tigers let their guards down and saw themselves concede two goals in a matter of 16 minutes, courtesy of Jeremiah Borlongan who scored three minutes in, and Rafael Patangan, who converted a goal of his own in the 16th minute.
With their unblemished record hanging in the balance, Darwin Busmion led the Tigers rally, scoring in the 25th minute to cut the deficit in half, and then found the equalizer just three minutes later, breathing life into the UST crowd and players alike.
In the second half, UP once again threatened to hand UST their first loss, with skipper Daniel Gadia scoring in the 7st minute, giving the Maroons the advantage with around twenty minutes left to play.
With the final whistle fast approaching, the resilient Thomasian booters found one more equalizer, courtesy of Jayson Rafols, who converted on an assist from Darwin Busmion.
With the game back to square one, both squads tried to find one last conversion, but there wasn’t enough time to do so, as time expired with the scores standing at 3-3.
“Even if it’s a draw, for us it’s a win already eh,” UST coach Marjo Allado told the media following the match.
Allado also mentioned that the unbeaten start has gotten his boys afraid of tasting defeat, which in turn has provided them the heart and will necessary to fight back. “Yung nakikita ko dito sa mga players, yung nag-bibuild up sa sarili nila ngayon is yung confidence eh, parang takot na sila matalo.”
UST moves to five wins and three draws for 18 points in eight games, while UP moves to three wins, three draws, and two losses for 12 points after eight games.