UAAP 81 Football Finals: Ateneo, DLSU meet in Men's Final, Lady Archers target three-peat

Santino Honasan on May 15, 2019 07:02 PM
UAAP 81 Football Finals: Ateneo, DLSU meet in Men's Final
Collegiate rivals Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle University face off in the UAAP Season 81 Men's Football Finals

Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University take their collegiate rivalry to the football pitch as the two universities collide in the Final match of the UAAP Season 81 Men's Football Tournament on Thursday, May 16th at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. 

The Blue Eagles, who locked up the top seed during the elimination round, took care of business in the semifinals with a 1-0 win over Far Eastern University. Now, the Katipunan-based squad will look to capture their second title in three years.

The Blue Eagles are once again banking on the offensive prowess of fourth-year striker Jarvey Gayoso, who has led the league in scoring for the fourth straight year. This time around however, Gayoso has found help in the form of Rupert Baña and Mark Nacional, both of whom have proven to be potent offensive weapons for the blue-and-white side as well. 

Standing in their way however, is a Green Archers squad who is looking to end a 20-year title drought. 

The last DLSU side to bring home a men's football title was the 1997-1998 Green Archers, who fittingly enough, featured would-be national team member Alvin Ocampo, who now coaches this season's squad. 

Led by Ocampo and bannered by a cast of talented rookies including the likes of Shanden Vergara, Jovan Marfiga, and John Rey Lagura, the Green Archers shot their way into third place and upset defending champions University of the Philippines, 2-1 in the semifinals. 

Now, they hope to capture their first UAAP men's football title since UAAP Season 61.

The two sides split their season series, with DLSU winning their first round encounter, 2-1. Ateneo got their revenge with a 3-1 win in the second round. 

Ateneo and DLSU kick off at 4:30 PM.

While the DLSU Men's Football Team is looking for their first title in a long while, the women's team are looking to extend their reign of dominance to three straight years, as the Lady Archers try to defend their crown against the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws. 

Once again, the Lady Archers topped the elimination round table with an undefeated 4 win and 4 draw slate for 16 points, whle FEU came in at second with 3 wins, 3 draws, and 2 losses for 12 points, snapping a four-year women's final drought. 

De La Salle was dominant in their first round matchup with a 5-1 victory. FEU managed a crucial, Finals-clinching draw against the Lady Archers in the second round. 

DLSU and FEU face off at 2:00 PM. 

 

Don't miss the exciting football action! Catch it LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD channel 166, Liga channel 86, Liga HD channel 183, live streaming on https://sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap2 and iWant Sports. 

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