Borlongan brace helps Maroon booters tame Bulldogs

Santino Honasan on Feb 12, 2017 07:08 PM
Borlongan brace helps Maroon booters tame Bulldogs
UP's Jeremiah Borlongan, left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal against NU at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, Sunday, February 12th, 2017.

After seeing limited action due to a hamstring injury, Jeremiah Borlongan came back with a vengeance and scored a brace to help defending championsUniversity of the Philippines blast National University, 4-0, to record their second straight win in UAAP men’s football action, Sunday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. 

UP imposed their will early on, controlling the tempo of the match from the beginning, and it didn’t take long for them to alter the scoreboards, as Borlongan finds the back of the net 22 minutes in. 

Borlongan would double his output five minutes later to send UP into the halftime break with a two-goal advantage. 

The Maroons would not let up in the second half, as Season 78 finals hero King Miyagi would triple the UP lead in the 49th minute, while James Condat would provide the final blow in the 77th minute to make it back-to-back four goal wins for the the defending champions. 

After the match, UP head coach Anto Gonzales talked about Borlongan’s first-half explosion. 

“He deserves the two goals.” Gonzales said post-match. 

“He was so eager to play. He didn’t get to play much, the last game he didn’t play due to a hamstring concern, but he was very excited to be back on the pitch, and he was very eager to play. 

With the win, UP improves to two wins and one draw for seven points in Season 79. As of press time, they temporarily move into the top of the men’s football standings, and could stay there, depending on the result of the on-going UST versus Ateneo matchup. 

The Bulldogs drop to one draw and two losses for one point.

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