MANILA, Philippines – Pasargad FC dispatched Philippine Army FC from the PFF-Smart National Club Championships with a 2-1 victory in an eventful match at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium last Sunday.
Pasargad thoroughly dominated the first 20-plus minutes following goals by midfielder Jaham Taher and Emmanuel Mbata in the ninth and 21st minutes, respectively.
But the match took a turn for the worse after midfielder Promise Jolomi was shown the red card by referee Michael Bernabe following two successive yellow cards.
Army pressed their attack, but was unable to break through Pasargad’s defense. The military team then ratcheted up the physical play, which saw players take shots at one another as the match came perilously close to degenerating into a full-scale rumble.
Bernabe and the rest of the officiating crew were unable to take control of the situation, and the game got worse as players made a mockery of the game.
Ric Becite pulled one back for Army in the 66th minute after a thunderous volley off a rebound from a free kick by teammate Jeoffrey Lobaton.
Pasargad was able to hold on to victory , however, despite playing most of the game with only 10 men.
It was a difficult match for a Pasargad team that was missing the services of stalwart Masood Shahdideh and Shayan Dastjerd. They were already without Kenneth Dolloso, who opted out of his contract to play for Bacolod club Ceres.
In other matches, Ceres ousted recently crowned UFL Cup champions Stallion, 1-0, in their own Round of 16 match at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod, while Global came on strong in the second half to pull out a 2-1 victory over Nomads.
Ceres, the last remaining provincial team in the club championships, will play Global on January 19 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.