UAAP 81 Football: UP unloads in goal-filled second half to oust NU

Santino Honasan on Apr 11, 2019 03:52 PM
UAAP 81 Football: UP unloads in second half to oust NU
University of the Philippines scored four in the second half to defeat NU, 4-1 in the UAAP Season 81 Men's Football tournament.

Defending champions University of the Philippines poured it on late in the second half to defeat National University, 4-1, and oust them from playoff contention, Thursday afternoon in the second round of the UAAP Season 81 Men's Football Stadium. 

NU needed to come up with a win to keep their post-season hopes alive and early in the second half, they looked to be primed to escape with a win after a 54th minute conversion from rookie striker Ivan Ouano. 

The Bulldog advantage didn't last too long, as rookie Vince Parpan came up with the 64th-minute equalizer off an assist from JB Borlongan. 

Things continued to unravel for the for the Bulldogs late in the second half, who committed a foul inside the box which led to a penalty conversion from UP, courtesy of Dane Saavedra in the 71st minute. 

JB Borlongan and John Abraham joined in on the scoring party for the defending champions, scoring in the 79th minute and the 88th minute respectively to secure the commanding win, their third straight in the second round. 

"Ever since the start of the second round, every game counts. We set a goal, medyo short term, na yung first three games namin, we have to take fulll points, and we achieved that. Now, the last remaining games, because the fight for the top four spots is very close," shared UP head coach Anto Gonzales.

"But more than that, this is a huge improvement in terms of performance compared to our last game against UST. Execution-wise, fight-wise, desire-wise, I think we improved tremendously from that UST game," he added. 

With the win, UP jumps to 19 points off six wins, one draw, and four losses to slide into the second spot, behind Ateneo de Manila (22 points), and ahead of DLSU (19 points) and FEU (18 points). 

NU, meanwhile, bids goodbye to their playoff hopes as they fall to two wins, four draws, and six losses for ten points.  

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