MANILA, Philippines - Pachanga Diliman FC leaned on Nate Burkey’s goal as it sank reigning champion Stallion FC, 1-0, to move up to second behind Loyola Meralco Sparks in the First Division of the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium Tuesday night.
Scoreless after 77 minutes, Burkey ended the silence and connected on a goal after he eluded Stallion goalie Pedro Marenco for the goal that sent Pachanga Diliman two victories and a loss.
Pachanga Diliman was actually in a three-way logjam with idle Loyola and Global, which earlier came back from a goal deficit to put away an upset-conscious Pasargad FC, 3-1, but had two-goal differential, six less than the Sparks’ eight and Global FC’s -1.
Pachanga mentor Noel Marcaida said luck was on their side in this match.
“It was a lucky game, but at the end of the day, a win’s a win,” he said. “I’m happy but not satisfied with the performance.”