Four score as UP dismantles UE in UAAP men's football
Rookie Ray Sanciangco was one of four Maroons to score and help UP past UE, 4-0, Thursday evening
Defending UAAP men’s football champions University of the Philippines overcame a slow start to blast University of the East, 4-0, for their first win in the UAAP Season 79 men’s football tournament, Thursday at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field in Ateneo.
Under the guidance of former UE great Fitch Arboleda, the Red Warriors began the season with a thrilling draw against NU, and looked to put the pressure on the defending champions early, as they took a page out of their opponents’ playbook, stifling the Maroons offense in the opening moments of the match.
The tide would shift in UP’s favor in the 32nd minute however, as UE’s Mason Vergara was booked with a handball violation in the box, leading to an easy penalty conversion from Daniel Saavedra.
Six minutes later, Sebastian Patangan would double the Maroon lead with an impressive rocket from way outside the box.
UP wasn’t done yet in the first half, as reigning MVP and UP skipper Daniel Gadia would play distributor and find sophomore King Miyagi for UP’s third conversion to head into the midgame break with a comfy three-nil cushion.
Rookie Ray Sianciangco would add to UE’s headaches in the second frame, scoring in the 61st minute to push the UP lead to four.
UP would go on to claim their first win of the season and tie Ateneo for the biggest win margin so far this season.
And while it was an impressive win on paper, Maroons coach Anto Gonzales was less than pleased with his team’s performance.
“Our goals were giveaways, they weren’t really created.” Gonzales told the media following the match. “It’s a big scoreline, but we’re not really pleased with how we played today.”
Gonzales credited his boys’ effort, but said that it wasn’t the sharpest game that they’ve played.
“It wasn’t a smart performance. We worked very hard, yes, but it wasn’t an intellectual performance.”
With the win, UP moves to one win and one draw for four points, sliding them into solo second place, ahead of FEU, who sits at third with three points.