FEU locks up playoff spot after dismantling Adamson
Santino Honasan on Apr 06, 2017 05:41 PM
Alex Rayos scored a brace to help his FEU Tamaraws beat Adamson and lock up a spot in the Final Four of UAAP Men's Football.
Former back-to-back champions Far Eastern University used a strong second half to take down Adamson University, Thursday afternoon at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field, and in the process secure a spot in the UAAP Season 79 men's football Final Four.
Early on though, it didn't look as though FEU would get the win needed to secure their playoff berth, as Adamson drew first blood, with Ejike Ugwoke capitalizing in a costly error from rookie keeper Dave Parac to put Adamson ahead in just 35 seconds.
The Tamaraws were able to breathe easy after four minutes though, as Michael Menzi made good on a Paolo Bugas corner for the equalizer.
While action slowed down for the rest of the first half, it was in the second half that the Tams really took over.
Skipper Val Jurao connected on the go-ahead goal for FEU in the 66th minute, followed immediately by Alex Rayos, who made it 3-1 for the Tamaraws in the 67th minute.
Rayos would double up minutes later, completing a brace in the 72nd minute to put FEU ahead, 4-1.
Senior Justine Calamba added the finishing touches in the 83rd minute, scoring his first goal of the season for a 5-1 finish.
"To be honest, we weren't looking to return to the Final Four in this match, we were really working on our system, we still haven't been scoring as much as we'd like to," said FEU head coach Vince Santos. "There were a couple of goals in a span of a few minutes earlier, and I hope that our attackers get the confidence that they need so that we can replicate this in the coming games."
FEU improves to 22 points on six wins, four draws, and two losses, good for third place. More importantly, the Tamaraws have booked their return to the Final Four after missing out last season.
Adamson on the other hand, remains at the bottom of the standings with one win and 12 losses for 13 points.