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MANILA, Philippines - The PFF-Smart National Club Championships kicked off last Saturday, January 12 and provided several lopsided games and a number of intense matches over the weekend.
Here is the round up from all the weekend fixtures:
Loyola Meralco Sparks vs Flame United
A revamped Loyola Meralco Sparks made quick work over Flame United as the UFL side defeated the Cavite-based squad 8-0 in Saturday’s lone match at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Matthew Hartmann, who made his return to the Sparks after a one year suspension, led the squad with a hat trick performance in his return, with brother Mark and Phil Younghusband scoring a brace each and Byeong Yeol Jeong adding a solitary goal.
Loyola will face Kaya FC, who defeated M’Lang 5-1 last January 9 this Saturday in the quarterfinals.
Green Archers United vs Romgarjal FC
National team skipper Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong finally made his debut for Green Archers United as the La Salle-based squad defeated Romgarjal FC 6-1 in Dapitan City.
Caligdong scored twice in the match as well as Archers skipper Floriano Pasilan Jr. Reynald Villareal. Newly signed Jovanie Simpron from Stallions also added a goal each to kickstart the Archers’ campaign.
Pachanga-Diliman vs Cebu Queen City
Over in the Queen City of the South, Pachanga-Diliman again were victorious over their rival in the UFL Second Division after they defeated Cebu Queen City United 3-1 at the Aboitiz Field.
Pachanga’s Jovin Bedic scored the opener in the 37th minute but Cebu equalized right before halftime. The UFL side regained the lead in the 67th minute from Jason Cunliffe before adding a third in the 88th from new signing OJ Clarino.
The victory of Archers and Pachanga will see both sides duke it out on Sunday for the semifinals slot.
General Trias International vs Baguio United
All Korean side General Trias braved the fog and the cold weather in the summer capital as they defeated Baguio United 3-1.
GTI’s Park Yi Young gave the visitors the lead before Baguio United’s Mark Signabon levelled the score. Cha Won Jae then made it 2-1 for the visitors and completed the result with Lee Seong Woo adding a 3rd late in the match.
Pasargad vs Philippine Army
10-man Pasargad capitalized on an early 2-0 advantage to defeat Philippine Army 2-1 in their encounter at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, Sunday.
Pasargad’s Jaham Taher scored first in the 9th minute and made it 2-0 in the 21st minute from Emmanuel Mbata.
The game got worse after a series of bad blood from both teams making the match an intense affair after Ricardo Becite grabbed one back for Army in the 66th minute.
However despite a man behind, Pasargad was able to hold on to the lead despite Army’s fight back.
Ceres FC vs Stallion FC
Reigning UFL Cup winners Stallion were humbled by Ceres FC after a shock 1-0 defeat at the Panaad Stadium last Sunday.
The Iloilo-based side, fresh from their cup victory over Global, were primed favorites to advance to the next round but the team from Bacolod rose to the occasion to score the upset of the tournament.
Yoon Byeong Jun scored the only goal of the match before half time to deny Stallion a place in the next round despite a late goal by Rufo Sanchez that was disallowed by the referee.
Global FC vs Nomads
With a new coach under them, Global cruised to a 2-1 victory in the last match of the Round of 16 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
But Global had to wait until late in the second half to finally hit their stride.
Carlos De Murga scored the opener in the 71st minute with a shot towards the open net.
An own goal from Sam Fogg gave Global the advantage despite Nomads getting a consolation penalty from Bafio Magassa in injury time.
The win sees Global facing Ceres FC on Saturday. - Rappler.com