Yang, Jed Diamante lead DLSU booters past Adamson
Santino Honasan on Apr 17, 2016 05:39 PM
Rookie Jed Diamante scored in the 86th minute to put DLSU up 2-0 over Adamson
The De La Salle Green Archers made sure that they stay in the running for the Final Four after beating the Adamson University Falcons, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at the McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig.
The win didn’t come as easily as they would’ve wanted though, as the Adamson defense made it quite difficult for the Archers to score, as keeper Carl Viray was his usual relentless self.
It wasn’t until the 43rd’ minute that DLSU managed to get on the board, courtesy of top scorer Greggy Yang, who blasted one in with help from Naci Gonzales.
The Archers had a few more attempts in the first half, but the score remained at 1-0 by halftime.
DLSU continued t to dominate in the second half, keeping control of the tempo, but still had a hard time getting their shots to go in, thanks again to the defensive presence of Viray.
Rookie Jed Diamante would seal the match in the 86th minute after knocking in a high header from a Yoshi Koizumi assist.
After the match, DLSU coach Hans Smit emphasized that all he wants is to make it into the semifinals.
“What we’re looking for is to get a top-four position. That’s it. I don’t really care who we play against.”
Looking ahead, the Taft-based booters end the eliminations against UST in a match that could very well spell their playoff fates.
DLSU and UST went to a 1-1 draw in the first round, and Smit knows that he needs to get a more favorable result this time around.
“Kailangan sabayan namin yung strikers nila, kasi the two flanks, the two wings, and the center-forward, they run like crazy.” Smit said.
The long-time DLSU mentor also added that their only weakness during the first match against UST was how they handled the opponents’ free kicks. Smit said that this will be something that they’ll be working on.
DLSU and UST meet at the Moro Lorenzo field on Thursday, April 21.