UP gets past Adamson to end first round of men's football with win
UP's Ian Clarino celebrates after hitting the go-ahead goal against Adamson
A go-ahead goal from Ian Clarino early in the second half was enough for University of the Philippines to escape with a 2-1 win over Adamson University in UAAP men's football action, Sunday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
It took nearly the whole of the first half for either team to alter the scoreboard, but it was the Diliman-based squad to who managed to strike first, with Kyle Magdato scoring in the 43rd minute.
It didn't take long for Adamson to respond, as a corner kick led to a Bless Brian Jumo I equalizer two minutes into the first half's injury time.
Ten minutes into the second half, Ian Clarino put some separation between the defending champions and Adamson,scoring the deciding goal off a corner.
The Fighting Maroons turned up the defense for the remainder of the match, not letting Adamson get anything else going, while attempts from Daniel Gadia, Ray Sanciangco, and King Miyagi for the UP side all proved fruitless as the score stood at the end of regulation.
"No positives." UP head coach Anto Gonzales, said bluntly after the match, visibly disappointed with his team's performance despite the win.
"We underperformed, overwhelmingly. What we took up in training, pass and move, pass and move, a lot of shooting exercises, hitting the targets, we didn't do any of those today." Gonzales added. "It was a very uninspiring performance, to say the least. We've been working so hard, trying to improve, improve, improve, and today we just didn't show any of what we took up in training."
UP ends the first round four wins, two draws, and one loss for 14 points.
Adamson on the other hand, drops to one win and six losses for three points.