UAAP 81 Football: UP moves to 3rd spot with comeback win over FEU
Santino Honasan on Apr 28, 2019 05:27 PM
JB Borlongan and King Miyagi both scored to help UP come back and beat FEU, 2-1, in the second round of the UAAP Season 81 Men's Football Tournament
Defending champions University of the Philippines authored a crucial come-from-behind win against Far Eastern University, Sunday afternoon at the FEU Diliman Football Field to climb up to third place in the UAAP Season 81 Men's Football Tournament standings.
Early on it looked like the Fighting Maroons were headed for disaster after giving up an exteremely early goal to the Tamaraws, courtesy of Martini Rey who found the back of the net in just the sixth minute of action.
As they've managed to do countless times already this season, the Fighting Maroons indeed fought their way back into the game in the second half as JB Borlongan found the equalizer in the 51st minute.
Later in the second half, striker King Miyagi once again came up big for the defending champions as he gave UP the lead in the 69th minute.
FEU tried to battle back but ultimately could not produce an equalizer of their own, as UP held on for the important win.
"Again, we dug deep," said UP head coach Anto Gonzales after the hard-fought win. "There's no question about the character of these boys, and they strive through adversity."
"But other teams won't allow a comeback like that, so we really have to manage how we start games, and I think it's a matter of having the right mindset," Gonzales added referencing yet another come-from-behind result for the Fighting Maroons.
Gonzales also praised Miyagi, who wound up producing the would-be deciding goal in the match.
"Kintaro's been working really hard in the training sessions, he's been pushing the spirits of the team, and he deserved his goal, he's been playing through injury, and he's been fighting very hard, so I give a lot of credit to King Miyagi," Gonzales shared.
With the win, UP improves to 7 wins, 2 draws, and four losses in the season, good for 23 points. They overtake De La Salle University, who drop down to fourth place with 22 points. They have a chance to add to those points when they end their elimination round campaign against UE on Thursday, May 2nd.
FEU meanwhile remains at the second seed with 24 points off 7 wins, 3 draws, and 3 losses. The Tamaraws can finish the elimination round in the top seed with a win over DLSU in their final match on Thursday, May 2nd.