UP picks up third straight win after taking down Adamson
Santino Honasan on Apr 04, 2016 02:23 AM
Daniel Gadia scored to help UP defate Adamson, 3-2 at the McKinley HIll Stadium.
Daniel Gadia scored late in the first half, while Ian Clarino and Carlos Monfort both scored in the second half to lead the University of the Philippines Maroons past the Adamson University Falcons, 3-0, Sunday evening at the McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig.
The Maroons took control of the first half, basically keeping the ball away from their goal, while putting the pressure on the Adamson defense.
For the most part of the first 45 minutes, Adamson hung tough, preventing any conversions from the UP side. It was only in the 44th minute, when Maroons team captain Gadia found the back of the net to send go into the halftime break with a 1-0 advantage.
Adamson came out more aggressive in the second half and had a couple of chances of their own, but were unable to convert.
In the 54th minute, Clarino doubled up on the Maroons lead, heading the ball in from a Patxi Santos corner kick.
Monfort, who came in at the 69th minute, added the final touch to secure the UP win, scoring his first goal of the season in the 77th minute, taking it deep into the penalty area before blasting it past Adamson keeper Carl Viray.
Adamson kept aggressive in the remainder of the match, looking to pull one back, but to no avail, as the Maroons held on for the win.
While the results have been favorable for UP as of late, head coach Anto Gonzales says that there’s still a lot to work on.
“We got the results, yes, but in terms of team performance, a lot has been left to attend to.” Gonzales told ABS-CB N Sports. “We need to be more efficient sa attack.”
Still, Gonzales said that there was a silver lining in the Maroons’ performance, aside from the win itself.
“Yung intention to score goals, andun, yung trying to score goals. Yung how to get there yung kailangan pang i-improve.”
UP jumps into second place in the men’s football standings with 21 points, behind the 23 points of league-leading FEU. De La Salle and Ateneo round out the current Final Four picture, with 20 points and 18 points respectively.
UST is at fifth place with 18 points, while NU is at sixth with 15 points.
Adamson, with three points, and UE, with one point remain at the bottom of the standings.