UP seizes top spot with win over NU
Santino Honasan on Apr 11, 2016 05:55 PM
University of the Philippines' Daniel Gadia scored the lone goal, which turned out to be the decider against National Univerisity
Daniel Gadia scored the lone goal of the match, but it was all that was needed, as the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons sent back the National University Bulldogs, 1-0, Sunday evening at the McKinley Hill Stadium.
Nearly looking like a repeat of their first round meeting, the Maroons and the Bulldogs battled but neither squad managed to alter the scoreboards up until late in the second half.
In the 75th minute, tide turned to favor the Maroons, as Bulldogs defender Eddie Alivio was sent off after committing a handball infraction inside the penalty box, awarding the Diliman-based booters a penalty kick.
Team captain Gadia converted the kick to put the Maroons ahead in the 77th mark.
Gadia had another shot at making it a 2-0 game, but NU keeper Chris Perocho managed to save the attempt.
No equalizers would fall for NU, as the Maroons held on for the 1-0 win.
The Maroons have slowly and quietly become the league’s hottest team, as they’ve put together a five-game winning streak and remain unbeaten in the second round of UAAP Men’s football action. The win pushes them to the top spot with 27 points, while FEU falls to second with 24 points. De La Salle and Ateneo round out the top four so far, with 23 points and 21 points respectively.
NU on the other hand, suffers another blow to their post-season hopes, as they remain at sixth place with 16 points, behind UST who has 19 points.