UAAP 81 Football: UST's Conrado Dimacali Jr. has Ateneo on his crosshairs as well after 5-0 loss
Santino Honasan on Mar 10, 2019 06:37 PM
"That time, nung tinalo kami ng Ateneo, parang bastos talaga yung ginawa sa amin, hindi namin tanggap yung ganun, yung na ipa-5-0 kami, live pa yun." - Conrado Dimacali Jr.
University of Santo Tomas striker Conrado Dimacali Jr. has never been very vocal about his desire to get some payback on University of the Philippines after the Fighting Maroons edged out the Growling Tigers in last season's men's football finale.
As the first round of the UAAP Season 81 Men's Football Tournament winds down however. Dimacali appears to have another Katipunan-based side on his crosshairs.
The Ateneo was responsible for UST's first and only loss of the season, and it was the most lopsided win in the tournament so far, with the Blue Eagles demolishing the Growling Tigers, 5-0.
The devastating loss did not sit well with Dimacali, who had to watch from the sidelines due to a contusion on his right knee.
"Gustong-gusto kong bawian ang Ateneo, yung last na ginawa nila sa amin, binastos nila kami," Dimacali said. "Gustong-gusto kong bawian ang Ateneo, kaya din gusto ko mag-recover agad."
The third-year striker was, however, on the pitch to help the Growling Tigers get back on the winning column with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over University of the East, Sunday morning.
Dimacali, who hit the go-ahead goal late in the match, stated that the big win was crucial for the morale of the team, especially heading into the second round, where they get a chance to dance with the Blue Eagles once again.
"Importante tong win na ‘to para makabalik kami ulit sa taas, para yung past game namin, makalimutan namin and yung morale namin bumalik, para maging kumpiyansa na naman kami at maging tuloy-tuloy na naman kami, na gutom kami lagi sa game, hanggang sa second round."
Dimacali came on as a substitute in the second half, with UST trailing, 1-0 after halftime. Needing some additional firepower on the offensive line, head coach Marjo Allado brought out his big guns in Dimacali and Steven Anotado. Anotado ended up scoring the first two goals for UST, while Dimacali provided the deciding blow.
"Ang mentality talaga na pumasok sa akin nun, ilagay yung bola sa goal, kasi kailangan talaga namin manalo," said Dimacali.
It wasn't just Dimacali who took the loss to Ateneo hard, as a number of Growling Tigers sported shaved heads for their match against UE.
According to Dimacali, it was a player-initiated gesture to serve as a reminder of the blowout loss and a sign of solidarity to make sure that such a result doesn't happen again.
"That time, nung tinalo kami ng Ateneo, parang bastos talaga yung ginawa sa amin, hindi namin tanggap yung ganun, yung na ipa-5-0 kami, live pa yun, so para sa amin, parang disiplina namin sa sarili namin, kaya kami nagpa-kalbo kaso ayaw namin magpatalo."
With both UST and Ateneo gunning for spots in the Final Four, expect their second round matchup to be an exciting one.