UFL: Global finishes in second place, Loyola win.

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Loyola beat a listless Green Archers squad 4-0. Best goal of the day was Phil Younghusband’s breathtaking left-footed volley from the far post. I hope there are highlights soon. Lets also hope Phil can score like this on September 8 versus Uzbekistan. 

Loyola ends on a high note. They did their job but with Global winning over Kaya, the Sparks finish third.

Green Archers are a team that needs better leadership on the field. I don’t see it now from any of the players. GAU also needs better luck. Chieffy Caligdong has been injured and is now in U16 NT duty as an assistant. Three of their foreigners, Manu Chaffort, David Icardo, and Daniel Del Rio all left before the season ended.

If this team get their talisman, they could build a good core around keeper Paolo Pascual, Jimuel Ariola, Ronnie Aguisanda, JhanJhan Melliza, and Robert Lopez-Mendy.

Global bucked a second-half sending off of Jason DeJong to win 3-1 over Kaya and keep their hopes of an AFC Cup alive.

Global’s second place finish means if Ceres wins the UFL Cup, Global, as the League bridesmaid, gets a playoff for an AFC Cup berth. Ceres as league champs get the outright slot, and the Cup champs the playoff. If Ceres wins both, the league second placer gets the playoff.

Terrific volley goal by Paolo Salenga in the first minute, allegedly the fastest in league history. See it here. Sorry for the crappy video. My smartphone’s flash came on for some reason hence the white blob in the middle.

Two interesting choices at centerback for both sides. Global fielded Dennis Villanueva at center-half. He is usually deployed as a central mid. Aly Borromeo got a rare start at centerback and wore the armband too. But he couldn’t will his team to victory.

Tishan Hanley’s late goal made it 2-1 but Kaya couldn’t give Loyola the favor as Hikaru Minegishi scored late while Kaya chased the game.

It’s all about the Cup now as Ceres has sealed the lead. It sure would be great to have the schedule for that. It’s a long time coming.

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