Philippines Football League

Azkals Development Team snatches 2nd PFL victory over Maharlika

Juro Morilla
Azkals Development Team snatches 2nd PFL victory over Maharlika

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Jarvey Gayoso and Chima Uzoka net a brace each to stun Maharlika FC

The Azkals Development Team (ADT) continued to impress in the 2020 Philippine Football League (PFL) as it frustrated Maharlika Manila FC, 5-0, on Friday, November 6, at the PFF National Training Center in Carmona Cavite.

ADT remained at third place of the league table after its latest triumph with two wins and two losses.

Maharlika, meanwhile, stayed at fourth with 3 points and a -15 goal difference. 

“I just wanted to give everything for the team, and I was trying to help in goals and assists, but overall, we just look at it as a win no matter what the score is,” said Jarvey Gayoso, who netted a brace against senior team Maharlika FC.

“It’s just a win, it’s just 3 points, so we look forward to the next game.”

ADT captain Gayoso drilled in a cold-blooded penalty to give his team a 1-0 advantage at the 60th minute.

The penalty call was controversial as the referee pointed to the spot after seeing David Fornea’s sliding clearance clip Chima Uzoka.

Fornea successfully cleared the ball off the box, but his leg extension appeared to hit Uzoka, who went down inside the box for the penalty call.

The former Ateneo Blue Eagle also scored the final goal in the first minute of added time, completing his scintillating performance with a that wonderful solo he fired just inside the right edge of the box.

Uzoka, another impact substitute for head coach Scott Cooper, bagged his brace inside 14 minutes as he scored at the 76’ and 90’ mark – with both goals assisted by Gayoso. 

In the 65th minute, substitute Lance Ocampo also produced a brilliant cut-back pass to an open Yrick Gallantes, who smashed in a strike into an open goal.

Despite being goalless before halftime, the first 45 minutes was not short of entertaining football as both teams strived to break the deadlock. The ADT dominated possession, 68% to 32%, and was clearly the side who most likely to score first.

After starting the previous match at the left wing-back position, Gayoso, got listed as the lone striker for his team. He was lively early on as he fired a shot at the 10th minute mark, but it was completely off target.

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Seven minutes later, the former ADMU stand-out curled in a beautiful free-kick from outside the box, but starting center back Matthew Custodio barely missed the ball for a glancing header.

The ball bounced behind him thus forcing Maharlika keeper Henry Bandeken Fong to tip the ball out for a corner kick just to make sure it doesn’t fall into the net.

In the last 22 minutes of the first half, Gallantes and Troy Limbo each attempted a shot, but their efforts only resulted in a corner kick as both shots took a slight deflection.

Gayoso and Custodio also chimed in with a shot off their weaker foot, but both attempts went over the bar.

Both squads will play their last match of the PFL campaign next week as the ADT will take on Stallion Laguna FC, while Maharlika will look to hold on and finish above fellow bottom occupant Mendiola FC 1991. –

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