UAAP Season 80 Menís Football: UP held to 1-1 draw by UST
UP and UST battled to a 1-1 draw to end the first round of UAAP Season 80
University of the Philippines remains unbeaten after the first round of UAAP Men’s Football action after surviving University of Santo Tomas, 1-1, Sunday morning at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
The top-seeded Maroons looked to be well on their way to a sixth win in Season 80 after third-year man JB Borlongan continued his stellar showing this year, scoring his sixth goal of the season in the 31st minute to give UP an early 1-0 advantage.
Looking to avoid back-to-back losses, the second-seeded Growling Tigers turned up the intensity in the second half, but a defensive error from UP gave UST a much-needed assist, as Javier Bonoan scored an own goal to level the score at 1-1.
The match came to a controversial end, as in the final minute of extra time, UP rookie Fidel Tacardon was charging towards the UST goal, but was taken down by John De Castro inside the penalty box just before the final whistle.
No foul was called and no penalty was awarded, much to the anger of the UP bench and fans in attendance.
“The referees. The referees influenced the results, again.” A visibly displeased UP head coach Anto Gonzales said following the match. “I thought we stepped up very well in the second half”
For UST head coach Marjo Allado, it was a sigh of relief, given that they didn’t concede a conversion in the dying moments of the match.
“Better na hindi kami na-goalan last minute, kasi nag-collapse yung defender namin, last minute na yun.” Allado said post-match. “Well at least na-draw namin yung league leader ngayon, kahit 1-1 siya, it’s a good result for UST kasi at the moment, we’re second, pero kahit papano na-hold namin yung UP.”
UP finishes the first round at the top of the standings with five wins and two draws for 17 points.
UST sits at second place with four wins, two draws, and a loss for 14 points.