The Philippines Football League (PFL) concludes another another set of weekend fixtures ahead of the international break. Here are some of the talking points from what transpired.
Stallion gets to winning column, but at a price (?)
Philippine Air Force 0-3 Stallion Laguna
Stallion got its first win in three matches after scoring three unanswered goals against the Air Force.
Jo Warren Bedia was awarded the man of the match after producing a quality performance in front of goal with a brace under his name.
Such a result and a breakout performance from one of its players, gives the Biñan-based squad a wealth of positives for the upcoming fixtures as Stallion aims for a shot at the top of the standings.
However, not all is well for the club personnel-wise, as pacy winger Joshua Kim suffered a knock in the match joining forward Abou Sy in the injured list. Good thing Stallion is on a lengthy break after this match and starting their campaign against possibly their toughest hurdles, Ceres and Kaya, which could give them enough time to regain the fitness of the injured players and the recovery of the entire squad.
Also, the club’s decision to rest captain Ruben Doctora may have been a wise move, as his availability for the next fixtures maintains the squad’s high level of offensive threat and options.
The match was held in Biñan Football Stadium despite being technically an away fixture for Coach Ernest Nierras’ squad as Air Force are still yet to confirm their home stadium.
Ceres go cold-blooded and all-business
Global FC 0-8 Ceres-Negros
The Busmen went on a tear as they found the back of the net eight times during the match against hapless Global.
Bienvenido Marañon led the scoring with four goals, propelling him to the top of the scorers’ table with a total of eight. Adding the other four goals are forward Mahir Karic who chipped in two while Mike Ott and Jeffrey Christiaens notched a goal each.
The result could be something that head coach Risto Vidakovic might be expecting from his wards given the club’s lackluster start to the season with a draw against Stallion followed by an “unconvincing” 5-0 win over Air Force.
On the other hand, Global are most probably ruing their chances that denied them a win or at least a draw during the 1-0 loss against Green Archers United to start their campaign without being empty-handed in the standings.
And now, with a lopsided beating, the club needs to find its footing before the next match with the hope of getting a much better result.
Green Archers United notch second win in three matches
Mendiola FC 1991 1-5 Green Archers United
Green Archers United got their first convincing win of the domestic campaign after dominating fellow newcomers Mendiola FC 1991 with Val Jurao scoring twice while Floriano Pasilan, James Kim, and John Celiz also finding the back of the net.
The fitness could have been the most telling difference between the two sides as the Archers, who opened a barrage of goals i the second half, already had two matches in the bag prior to their clash against Mendiola.
It was pretty even in the first half as both sides ended with a 1-1 scoreline with Franco De La Torre scoring for the vanquished squad.
The result propels the Weekend Futbol League champions to third place, behind Kaya FC and Ceres-Negros. And with a significant goal-haul, coach Joel Villarino’s squad are now able to notch a +1 goal difference.
Meanwhile Mendiola FC 1991’s head coach Dan Padernal should look into addressing the needed adjustments before their next fixture in about a week’s time against Air Force in the hopes of bouncing back and getting a positive result.
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