UE stuns FEU in injury time

Santino Honasan on Apr 01, 2017 06:12 PM
UE stuns FEU in injury time
Alberto Echin (24) scored in the second half to give UE a 2-1 win over FEU

With nothing left to lose this season, seventh-seeded University of the East provided the biggest upset of the second round so far, turning back third-seeded Far Eastern University, 2-1, in UAAP men's football action, Saturday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. 

Still trying to protect their spot in the playoffs, the Tamaraws would have wanted to score maximum points against a UE team that's already out of playoff contention.

With FEU controlling the tempo in the early moments, it looked as though they were poised to dominate the match. The first goal didn't come until the 36th minute however, when senior midfielder Paolo Bugas converted to give the Tamaraws a 1-0 lead. 

FEU and UE's first round matchup ended in a 1-1 draw, with FEU hitting first and UE finding the equalizer. Midway through the second half, it looked as though history would repeat itself when an FEU foul inside the box led to a UE penalty kick and conversion by Jasper Jason Absalon in the 58th minute. 

With three minutes of injury time added after regulation, another 1-1 draw appeared to be on the way between the two squads, but a keeper error from FEU's RJ Joyel proved to be costly, and Alberto Echin capitalized on the unmanned goal, tipping the ball in in the second minute of injury time. 

FEU barely had time to regroup and try for an equaliser when the final whistle was blown and the players in red and white erupted in celebration on the pitch. 

After the match, UE head coach Fitch Florence Arboleda shared that he didn't put any more pressure on his boys to win, given that they already out of the running. What was important for him was for the boys to play well. 

"Gusto ko lang talaga na maglaro sila ng maayos, actually wala na rin kaming habol, kung anong place kami, mag-stay na lang kami sa seventh." said Arboleda. "Yung gusto ko lang sana mag-finish strong lang kami, kasi for sure, for next season, yun yung gusto naming paghandaan talaga." 

With the win, UE improves to eight points on two wins, two draws, and eight losses. FEU on the other hand, still sits in third place with 19 points on five wins, four draws and two losses. 

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