Shorthanded FEU comes back to draw UE
FEU and UE went to a 1-1 draw, Sunday evening
Plagued with injuries and suspensions, a shorthanded Far Eastern University squad came back from a goal down to hold University of the East to a 1-1 draw in UAAP Season 79 men's football action, Sunday evening at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
UE star sophomore Mar Diano got things going early for the Red Warriors, converting from a free kick in just the fifth minute to become the first person to breach FEU's goal line this season.
Playing without the likes of star midfielder Paolo Bugas, Dominique Canonigo and Justin Calamba due to injuries, as well as Michael Menzi due to card card accumulation, the Tamaraws had their work cut out for them, and found themselves looking to equalize for the first time this season.
The Tams wouldn't have to wait too long though, as Audie Menzi would play savior, blasting a free kick from near-midfield straight through the hands of UE keeper Frank Rieza in the 25th minute.
The second half proved to be a time to shine for both keepers, as UE's Rieza and FEU's RJ Joyel made sure that the draw remained unchanged, even after the multiple chances.
"Sobrang ganda lang ng nilaro namin. So far, para sa akin, ito yung pinaka-magandang nilaro ng UE," coach Fitch Florence Arboleda said, post match.
After winning their last match agaisnt Adamson, and then managing the draw against a high scoring team like FEU, Arboleda says he's confident about what the Red Warriors can do in the second round.
"Talagang confident naman ako sa UE ngayon eh, talagang nandun kami, yun nga lang, yung nagiging problema lang namin yung own mistakes namin."
"For the second round, abangan nila kami," Arboleda added.
As for the Tamaraws, the atmosphere was less jubilant.
I feel that we could have done better today, It's always difficult when you fall a goal behind, but I think we did okay to get level before the half," said FEU head coach Vince Santos.
For the Tamaraws, the focus shifts to the round-ending matchup with league-leading Ateneo.
The draw puts FEU at four wins and two draws for 14 points, while UE stays in the hunt for a playoff berth with one win, two draws, and four losses for five points.