UAAP Season 80 Men's Football: Aggressive FEU holds UP to 1-1 draw
Santino Honasan on Feb 18, 2018 04:24 PM
FEU and UP battled to a 1-1 draw in UAAP Men's Football action.
Facing their toughest test of the season so far, the injury-depleted Far Eastern University Tamaraws showed improved aggression as they managed to hold University of the Philippines to a 1-1 draw in UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football action, Sunday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Winners of their first three matches, the Maroons looked as if they were on their way to their fourth straight win after JB Borlongan stuck early, hitting his fifth goal of the season off a keeper error to give UP an quick 1-0 lead.
The Tamaraws responded well after the goal as they managed to push the action and get a number of chances off against UP’s elite defense.
Striker King Miyagi had a chance to double up on the UP lead, but FEU keeper Dave Parac came up with a defensive gem to keep the match within reach.
In the 75th minute, FEU’s pressured offense finally paid off as Jung Donggyu found the equalizer.
Later in the match, FEU striker Rico Andes had his chance to give FEU the lead, but couldn’t get the finish.
After 90 minutes of action, the score stood at 1-1.
While it wasn’t a win, it was a morale-boosting draw for the Season 79 runners-up Tamaraws, who have yet to get maximum three points this season.
“Last three games, we draw and lost, so today’s game, we focused for defensive. Even if we allowed a goal, after the goal we played safety. Next game, we’ll focus also.” said FEU coach Bobae Park, who added that in their first three games, their issue was mental. “The last three games, the problem was mental. No choice, we had a meeting and I explained about mentality, that’s why we focused and changed our mentality.”
UP head coach Anto Gonzales also touched on FEU’s physicality, something he believes played a major role in the draw.
“Give credit to FEU, they played really tough, especially in the first half, they played a really tough game, we were outmuscled, we were intimidated, and I think they controlled the first half, and that really dictated the tempo of the match.”
FEU gets their second straight draw and moves to two draws and two losses for two points in four matches.
UP drops points for the first time this season and moves to three wins and one draw for ten points.