UAAP 81 Football: Four Tamaraws score as FEU drops UE, 4-1
Santino Honasan on Feb 17, 2019 05:09 PM
Alex Rayos was one of four Tamaraws to record a goal as FEU dismantled UE, 4-1
Far Eastern University picked up a massive opening day win as they trounced University of the East, 4-1, Sunday afternoon at the FEU-FERN Football Field in Diliman, Quezon City.
Coming off their worst campaign in years, finishing seventh in UAAP Season 80, FEU looked every bit like the program that once won back-to-back titles as they dominated a contender in UE.
Early on however, it looked like the Red Warriors were primed to get on the board first after a foul inside the box from FEU resulted in a penalty attempt from for UE.
Red Warriors striker Mar Diano flubbed the penalty attempt however, as his shot hit the cross bar and bounced out.
Immediately on the other end, it was FEU who drew first blood, with rookie Jermi Darapan scoring in the 29th minute.
Three minutes into the second half, former Baby Tamaraws star Chester Gio Pabualan announced his arrival into the men’s tournament with a header to give the Tamaraws a 2-0 advantage.
Opening day was a good one for tournament rookies, as the Red Warriors managed to pull one back in the 51st minute courtesy of first year-wingback Champ Marin, who became the fourth rookie to score a goal in the first matchday.
The Tamaraws regained momentum as they widened their advantage to 3-1, courtesy of a free kick conversion from Nicky Canonigo in the 60th minute.
FEU continued to pull away in the 66th minute, with Alex Rayos blasting one from way outside the box to make it a three-goal advantage for the Tamaraws.
"Winning the first game of the season is the most important," said head coach Bobae Park. "Our players, I know they're also a little bit nervous, but they just tried their best, and their spirit is together."
With the win, FEU joins UST at the top of the early leaderboard with a win and three points each.