UFL: Stallion holds Loyola Meralco to draw; Archers up | Inquirer Sports

UFL: Stallion holds Loyola Meralco to draw; Archers up

By: - Reporter / @cedelfptINQ
/ 03:42 AM March 29, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Defending champion Stallion held its ground in the face of a late Loyola Meralco barrage and salvaged a  1-1 stalemate Thursday night that foiled the Sparks from reclaiming top spot in the United Football League at Emperador Stadium in Taguig City.

Struggling for most of the season, Stallion got a measure of satisfaction with a battling performance led by skipper Ruben Doctora Jr., whose 42nd-minute strike canceled out a 31st-minute goal by Phil Younghusband.

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Stallion tightened its grip of fourth spot with 23 points, but the result could prove damaging to the Sparks’ title hopes with Global still ahead by a single point with 34 points.

Hardly giving the Sparks time on the ball, Stallion proved dangerous on the counterattack with Doctora missing a host of chances.

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The Sparks finished strong but Matthew Hartmann and Simon Greatwich couldn’t cash in on chances in the last five minutes, allowing Stallion to escape with a point.

“Unfortunately, we seem to miss the energy required in the last 20 meters of the field where the goals are scored,” said Loyola coach Vince Santos.

“For a championship team, especially in long seasons like this, there will always come a point when you’re questioned, how much do you really want it?”

Earlier, Green Archers United extended its winning streak to four matches with a narrow 2-1 victory over Team Socceroo.

Robert Lopez Mendy scored all of the Archers’ goals including the match-winner two minutes from time as the Alabang-based side improved to 19 points for fifth spot.

Diego Barrera struck the equalizer for Socceroo with a clever free kick just before halftime for his fourth goal since joining the club.

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TAGS: Football, Green Archers, Loyola Meralco, Matthew Hartmann, Phil Younghusband, Ruben Doctora, Simon Greatwich, Stallion, UFL
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