UAAP Season 80 Menís Football: Ateneo, FEU face off in rematch of Season 79 Finals
For the first time in Season 80, Jarvey Gayoso and the Ateneo Blue Eagles face off against Renz Saldivar and the FEU Tamaraws (FILE PHOTO)
MATCHES on SUNDAY, MARCH 4 (Rizal Memorial Stadium)
9:00 AM - UP vs. UST (Men’s)
1:30 PM - Ateneo vs. FEU (Men’s)
4:00 PM - UE vs. Adamson (Men’s)
Last season’s finalists meet on the pitch for the first time in the UAAP Season 80 men’s football tournament, as defending champions Ateneo de Manila try to string together three straight wins when they take on Season 79 runners-up Far Eastern University, Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Coming off back-to-back wins against UE and Adamson, the Blue Eagles look to close out the first round of action on a three-game winning streak. While the Blue Eagles are very much in the upper half of the standings, currently at third place, it has been a very different season this year, as they’ve already doubled their loss total from their one-loss campaign a season ago.
Speaking of completely different seasons, last year’s runners-up have gotten off to a rocky first round. Left depleted by a handful of injuries, the Tamaraws have yet to find their groove and are sitting in sixth place with just one win in their first six outings. An upset over the defending champions could very well spark a change as they head into the second round of action.
Ateneo and FEU kick off at 1:30 PM.
In the first contest of the day, the top-two seeds collide as unbeaten University of the Philippines try to end the first round without a loss when they take on second-seeded University of Santo Tomas.
The departure of key players such as Daniel Gadia, Patxi Santos, and Ace Villanueva seem to have done little to derail the Fighting Maroons, as they’ve continued to dominate the field, only dropping points once in their first six outings. Third-year stars King Miyagi and JB Borlongan have paced the league-leading Maroons so far, and will look to do the same to end the first round on a high note.
Heading into their round-ending matchup against UP, the Growling Tigers had the chance to keep their unbeaten slate alive as well. Unfortunately for the Espanya-based side, they ran into a motivated University of the East squad that handed them their first loss of the season. Still, a win over the Maroons will put UST at level with UP for the top spot after the first round.
UP and UST kick off at 9:00 AM.
In the final match of the first round, UE looks to string together back-to-back wins when they meet hapless Adamson University.
Coming off arguably their biggest win of the season, the motivated Red Warriors have a golden opportunity to end the first round with three wins, something that they haven’t done in quite a while. It won’t come easy though, as they’ll be taking on a hungry Adamson side still looking for win number one.
Against defending champions Ateneo, Adamson may have taken a 2-0 loss, but if anything, it was a promising display from the cellar-dwellers, as they played their best football this season. Aggressive both on offense and defense, the Soaring Falcons came close to holding Ateneo to a draw, or even pulling off the massive upset. Should Adamson come into their final match of the first round with the same intensity and hunger, they head into round two on a high note.
UE and Adamson kick off at 4:00 PM.