Ateneo grabs solo lead, NU shocks FEU in UAAP Men's Football

December 15, 2014 1:22 pm 

By Lily O. Ramos

Standings: ADMU 10 pts, DLSU 8, FEU 7, NU 7, UP 7, UST 3, UE 3, AdU 0.

Matches on Thursday:

(FEU Diliman)<1> p.m. – AdU vs UP (men)<3> p.m. – UE vs UST (men)

MANILA, Dec. 14 (PNA)-– Powerhouse Ateneo seized the solo lead with a 1-0 victory over University of the Philippines (UP), even as National University (NU) pulled off a stunning 3-1 win over defending champion Far Eastern University Sunday in the UAAP Season 77 men’s football tournament.

A penalty kick by Carlo Liay on the 28th minute was enough for the Blue Eagles to capture the top of the table with 10 points in the game held at the FEU-Diliman pitch.

Paolo Salenga scored a brace as the Bulldogs capitalized on the absence of the Tamaraws’ striker Nicolas Ferrer and defender Reymart Cubon to suspensions to bounce back from a 0-1 to the Fighting Maroons at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field.

Salenga made the second quickest goal of the tournament, scoring on the third minute and converted a spot kick in the 54th minute.

FEU leveled on the 39th minute courtesy of Audie Menzi before NU regained the upper hand with Patrick Valenzuela finding the back of the net with two minutes left before halftime.

Saturday night’s match also held at the Ateneo pitch, De La Salle routed University of the East, 5-1, with Gelo Diamante netting a brace and Jose Montelibano, Gio Diamante and Nate Alquiros contributing one goal apiece.

The Green Booters zoomed to second spot with eight points, while the Bulldogs now has seven points level with the Tamaraws and the Maroons in third place.

In the other match at FEU-Diliman, University of Santo Tomas finally secured three points with a 2-1 triumph over Adamson University.

The Growling Tigers, who tied the Red Warriors in sixth place, took a 2-0 halftime lead courtesy of goals by Steven Anotado and Jean Clariño before Bless Brian Jumo pulled one back for the Falcons in the second half.

Adamson, which returned to men’s football after a more than a decade of absence, remains without a point in four matches.

In women’s play, titleholder FEU edged UST, 2-1, while Ateneo downed La Salle, 2-0, to claim three points.(PNA)

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