UFL Notes, February 28, 2015
Green Archers United Globe drew Jeepney 1-1 in the afternoon game in extremely difficult and hot circumstances.
Jimuel Ariola, GAU’s new Bacolodnon attacking mid, came on in the second half for Spaniard David Icardo, and scored the opener just before halftime.
Ariola, who I first saw in the 2013 U23 national final in Dumaguete, made a perfectly-timed run to beat the Jeepney offside trap and picked up a great through ball from Robert Cañedo. It was a bouncing ball but Ariola brilliantly volleyed it in past the keeper.
GAU should have made it 2-0 when Ariola hustled for a loose ball in the second half and forced a save from the Jeepney keeper, who batted the ball to an unmarked Jovan Simpron. The winger somehow missed a gaping goal frame from meters out. Jeepney got a deserved equalizer from Hyu Sun Park.
Ariola had several other plays in the game that impressed me. He made good decisions and has a nice touch on his passes.
GAU keeper Paolo Pascual was not happy that he conceded late but he had yet another stellar game with three super stops. Pascual is showing that he is one of the top keepers in Division One right now.
GAU has a win, two draws and a loss in this season while the Beep-beeps get their first point of the campaign.
In the second game Global, as expected, romped over Army 5-0 despite resting many players who played against South China last Wednesday. For Army it’s all about the April transfer window, when they will bring in a bunch of fresh new enlisted men to begin the long-awaited reinvigoration of the storied club.
The nightcap saw James Younghusband of Loyola score one of the goals of the year in the 19th minute, scooping in a volley over Stallion’s goalie. The technique was fabulous, as he somehow got enough purchase on the ball to put some top-spin to get the ball to go over the keeper and under the bar. Jojo Lirio should have goal highlights up very soon. Do check it out, really an amazing strike.
Stallion won 2-1.