UP, FEU figure in gritty scoreless draw

Santino Honasan on Mar 02, 2017 07:22 PM
UP, FEU figure in gritty scoreless draw
UP and FEU battled to a scoreless draw at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field

Tempers flared, words were said, cards were given out, but at the end of 90 minutes plus injury time, neither defending champions University of the Philippines, nor Far Eastern University were able to put points on the board, leading to a scoreless draw in UAAP men's football action, Thursday afternoon at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field in Ateneo de Manila. 

After a tight first half, the action got a bit more intense in the second half as things began to get physical. 

Playing without Paolo Bugas, who sprained his ankle in the first half, FEU worked hard to breach UP's patented defense

Tams skipper Val Jurao had the closest shot of the match midway through the second half, managing to displace UP keeper Ace Villanueva, but then firing the ball wide right. 

Tams sophomore Rico Andes also had a shot of his own, but again missing by just inches. 

For their part, the Maroons pushed their offense but weren't able to get as clear chances as FEU.

After regulation, the score stood at 0-0.

"You can expect that from FEU, and yung UP naman will really fight," UP coach Anto Gonzales said post match, talking about the physical nature of the matchup. "It was a tough game, both teams wanted to win it really bad, and we can be satisfied with the point." 

FEU head coach Vince Santos on the other hand, talked about keeping his players' morale up, even after being held to a draw for the first time this season. "Coming into this game, we were playing the defending champions, I think UP is one of the most, if not the most organized side in this UAAP season." 

"In our match today, I feel like we were able to control much of the first half, second half could have gone either way. For a team that plays possesion ball we were able to disrupt their play, and that's a good sign for us." Santos added. 

UP and FEU share points in the draw, with UP going to three wins, two draws, and a loss, for 11 points and third in the standings, while FEU goes to four wins and one draw for 13 points, just behind league-leading Ateneo.

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