DLSU booters shoot past UE for second straight win in UAAP Men's Football
Santino Honasan on Apr 10, 2016 12:42 AM
Gerald Layumas (19) scored early in the second half to help DLSU blow by UE
It looks like the De La Salle Green Archers have gotten their groove back, as they picked up their second straight win, defeating the University of the East Red Warriors, 2-0, Saturday evening at the McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig.
DLSU controlled the tempo in the first half, and had a number of good attempts at a conversion, but the UE defense played a big part in keeping the scoreboards unchanged, deflecting and collecting a lot of the Archers attempts.
The Red Warriors had a few good attempts of their own, but to no avail, making it a scoreless stalemate at the half.
In the second frame, the Green Archers picked things up, as Gerald Layumas picked up on a missed attempt from Greggy Yang to give DLSU a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute.
Less than ten minutes later, Hector Borromeo found Gelo Diamante, who fired it through UE keeper Lendon Clores for a 2-0 advantage in the 65th mark.
The Red Warriors tried to push the pressure in the remaining moments, but couldn’t come up with a conversion of their own, securing the Archers victory.
“Take it one game at a time,” DLSU coach Hans Smit told the media following the match. “There are still six teams that are eligible to be in the top four. We just have to maintain the wins so that we can get in.”
After DLSU’s early-second round collapse, Smit says that his boys are now playing better, and their goal now is to maintain a spot in the top four, regardless of seeding.
Right now, the Green Archers are in solo third with 23 points, behind FEU and UP, both with 24 points, while UST controls the fourth spot with 19 points.
On the outside of the picture are Ateneo and NU, with 18 and 16 points respectively. Ateneo and NU are still very much in the running for a spot in the top four, but their fate will depend largely on how they play the remainder of the eliminations.
Adamson and UE round out the standings with four points and one point respectively.