DLSU scores twice in injury time to break NU’s hearts
Santino Honasan on Apr 02, 2016 11:57 PM
De La Salle scored twice in injury time to beat NU, 3-2 in UAAP Men's Football action
Nicko Villacin and Greggy Yang scored within two minutes of each other in injury time to complete a stunning comeback and power De La Salle past National University, 3-2, Saturday evening at the McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig.
Looking to capitalize on DLSU’s current struggles, NU appeared to be on their way to handing the Archers their third straight loss after league-leading scorer Paolo Salenga gave his Bulldogs an early advantage via a penalty conversion in the 18th minute.
Yang kept the Archers in the match however just before haltime after blasting it through the net for his first goal of the evening from a free kick to knot things up before halftime.
Late in the second half, the Bulldogs went ahead yet again, thanks to a 72nd minute go-ahead goal from Nico Macapal.
Victory was within the NU’s grasp as they were clinging on to a 2-1 lead when the match went into injury time, but with their backs against the wall, the Archers mounted an amazing comeback, starting with a Villacin goal from a Jose Montelibano assist a minute into injury time.
With the match tied at two goals apiece, the Archers found a golden chance at a goal when an NU foul gave DLSU a free kick inside the penalty box.
Gelo Diamante tipped the ball to Yang, who sent the ball right under the NU wall and past keeper Chris Perocho to give DLSU a 3-2 lead and ultimately the all-important win.
When the final whistle went off, the Green Archers celebrated their first win in the second round, while the heartbroken Bulldogs slumped onto the pitch.
“It’s good to be back!” Yang told ABS-CBN Sports following the match. “It’s hard to explain right this moment, but it’s good to be back in the running.”
After dropping two straight in to start the second round, Yang said that the team felt that something needed to change, and fast.
“We finally felt a sense of urgency. The whole week, including Holy Week, we said that there’s no way we’re gonna lose again. NU is also in the running, they’re in the top six, so we said not even a draw. We have to win this game.”
The sends DLSU back to second place, tied with defending champions Far Eastern University for 20 points, but behind on goal difference.
NU falls to sixth place with 15 points, behind the logjam of of Ateneo, UP, and UST, all tied with 18 points.