UAAP 81 Football Final Four: Gayoso shoots Ateneo into Finals

Santino Honasan on May 09, 2019 07:09 PM
UAAP 81 Football Final 4: Gayoso shoots Ateneo into Finals
Jarvey Gayoso (11) scores late to power Ateneo back to the UAAP Men's Football Finals

Top-seeded Ateneo de Manila University is headed back to the Finals after taking down Far Eastern University, 1-0, in their UAAP Season 81 Men's Football Tournament Final Four matchup, Thursday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. 

A tightly-contested matchup for the first 45-minutes, neither side could find the back of the net, leading to a 0-0 scoreline at halftime. 

With an extra 30-minute extension looking more and more likely, Blue Eagles star striker Jarvey Gayoso made sure that he would not be silenced in the semifinals this time around as he spun past his defender and scored from inside the box in the 70th minute to give the Katipunan-based side a 1-0 advantage. 

Hoping to force extra-time and keep their season alive, the Tamaraws pressed the offense but could not convert, thanks in large part to the efforts of Ateneo keeper AJ Arcilla. 

In what would be the final sequence of the match, FEU rookie Gio Pabualan attempted a last-ditch effort to pull his side even, firing off a free kick that wound up in the hands of Arcilla before the final whistle went off. 

"I'm so happy with the second half, we played really, really good talaga in the second half, we adjusted, the players adjusted, it was convincing in the second half, we dominated the possessions," said Ateneo head coach Jaypee Merida. 

Merida had nothing but praise for his fourth-year striker Gayoso, who once again came up in the clutch for Ateneo. 

"We expected that, even the crowd, the fans, the team, we expected Jarvey to [be the one], but then again, of course, dun sa effort talaga niya, kahit walang angle, talagang tinrabaho niya para makuha namin 'tong semis na 'to," Merida expressed. 

Ateneo marches on to their third Finals appearance in the last four years and looks to win their second UAAP Men's Football Championship in three years. 

The Blue Eagles will be facing collegiate rivals De La Salle University in the finals for the first time in 13 years. 

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