Loyola Meralco Sparks crush Socceroos; Burkey powers Kaya booters past Diliman XI


DEMOLITION. Phil Younghusband spearheaded Loyola Meralco's demolition of Socceroos with seven goals in just one match.Photo by Fritz Gerald Dalida

MANILA, Philippines—National team strikers Phil Younghusband and Nate Burkey sparkled as Loyola Meralco Sparks and Kaya Cignal scored contrasting victories Saturday in the United Football League Cup at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Younghusband fired a tournament-high seven goals in a 15-1 demolition of newcomer Socceroos in Group B, while Burkey delivered a hat-trick to lift 10-man Kaya Cignal to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Diliman Victory Liner.

The Sparks brandished their souped-up attack with Mark Hartmann also drilling in five goals and Matthew Hartmann, Jake Morallo and Davide Cortina adding a goal each.

With the Hartmanns striking in the first 10 minutes and Younghusband already slotting five goals by the 30th minute, the Sparks merely went through the motions in the second half against the overmatched Socceroos, whose squad was bannered by former Southridge players and Brazilian-Japanese bets.

Socceroos skipper Mike Reyes salvaged some pride with his 55th minute strike averting the shutout.

The win allowed the Sparks to grab the headstart in Group B, which also includes Agila FC and Internacionale FC.

The 26-year-old Burkey carried his good form with the national team to Kaya as he helped his side rally from a goal down twice to pull off the improbable win.

Kaya remained second in Group C behind Diliman on goal difference, although it has a game in hand.

In an enthralling duel aired live on AKTV on IBC13, the wards of coach Juan Cutillas survived despite skipper and central defender Aly Borromeo leaving the game late in the first half because of injury and Lexton Moy sent off in the 40th minute.

Coming off a 7-0 crushing of ABC Stars, Diliman took a shock lead in the 2nd minute when Jinggoy Valmayor, finding himself with plenty of space on top of the box, rifled home from 20 yards.

Kaya equalized with Burkey, set up by Jason Sabio’s throw in, doing well to keep the ball despite pressure from Diliman before his deflected shot found the back of the net in the 20th minute.

Former national player Ariel Zerrudo restored Diliman’s advantage with an instinctive strike from an Anto Gonzales through ball seven minutes from the break.

But Kaya, sparked by the introduction of Anton del Rosario, Masa Omura and Ruffy Llorente, gained a foothold on the game and kept the pressure on Diliman.

Kaya’s persistence was rewarded by Burkey’s 55th minute penalty after Deo Segunial fouled Adrian Semblat in the area.

Burkey put the finishing touches to a sensational performance by latching onto Omura’s dummy and slotting it past Jerome Leung.

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  • Juancho ren

    Grabe ang UFL pati sila jay Cuenca at Matsunaga naglaro last saturday while si Dan Palami pumasok last 15 mins. sa Global team against Queen City of Cebu …

  • Tyrone Wensley

    it’s nice that aktv is showing it live!!! much promise for football loving filipinos esp. from us – who played football on our grade school and high school years in sorsogon province.

  • Tyrone Wensley

    can we get the standings of each team?

  • Pedro

    Air Force is still the team to beat but Meralco and Kaya are serious opposition. Go Chieffy!

  • Pedro

    I love the inquirer sports section!  Because of variety of sports news nakakasawa kasi kapag puro basketball news.  Keep it up! and more football news please for us OFWs

  • JM

    ganda ng game ng Diliman vs Kaya…sa team Socceroo naman i hope they’ll improve from this experience.

  • Jose Merlo Jr Castro

    nice game.. LoL.. hoping for more support for UFL..

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