King Miyagi gives UP a share of first after fourth straight win
Paul Lintag on Apr 07, 2016 08:00 PM
UP sweeps this version of Battle of Katipunan to gain share of first place with FEU.
University of the Philippines has totally owned this particular version of the Battle of Katipunan.
The Fighting Maroons once again came to Ateneo's Moro Lorenzo field and came out with a 1-0 win over the Blue Eagles in the UAAP Season 78 men's football tournament Thursday.
In a highly-physical and entertaining match, rookie King Miyagi scored the lone goal at the 49th minute to make sure Diliman comes out on top.
The Maroons snapped the Blue Eagles' four-game winning run while extending their own winning streak to four.
UP also tied defending champion FEU on top of the standings with 24 points and a 7-3-2 (w-l-d) record.
"We always evaluate the gane based on the performance, I think we played a better game the first time we played [vs. Ateneo]," head coach Anto Gonzales said. "We have to give credit to Ateneo talaga, they made very good adjustments."
After a scoreless first half, the Maroons turned more agressive in the second as UP got the better scoring opportunities against the Blue Eagles.
Even after going up 1-0, State U had the chance to finish the game off but failed to convert.
In fact, the Maroons slowed down a little bit in the end due to fouls which Gonzales did not like at all.
"Our fouls put us off," he said. "Ang sama ng mga fouls namin, had we been more disciplined, we could have finished stronger."
UP also took the first round match via a 1-0 decision and the Maroons hope to put more momentum to their streak against the NU Bulldogs in their next game.
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