UAAP: Finals-bound FEU blasts La Salle-Zobel in boys' football


Posted at Feb 10 2020 12:38 PM

UAAP: Finals-bound FEU blasts La Salle-Zobel in boys' football 1
The FEU Baby Tamaraws celebrate after scoring against La Salle-Zobel. UAAP Media

MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU)-Diliman booked a second consecutive rout in the UAAP Season 82 boys' football tournament after dominating De La Salle-Zobel, 4-1, on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

The Baby Tamaraws, who have clinched an 11th straight finals appearance last Wednesday, now have 17 points on top of the table.

La Salle remains at seven points.

Jacob Garciano drilled in the insurance goal just before the halftime break to put the Baby Tamaraws out of reach at 3-0. Pocholo Bugas opened the scoring for the defending champs at the 12th minute, before a mistimed clearance from Miguel De Mesa resulted in an own goal 15 minutes later.

FEU capped the rout with a fourth goal five minutes into the second period, thanks to a screamer from Karl Absalon.

Head coach Park Bobae was pleased to see his squad getting at ease with their offensive adjustments.

"Actually after we drew with UST, we addressed our problem with scoring," he shared. "So we practiced our scoring detail. We also studied how to play La Salle. So we know how we would also know how to prepare to play against them."

The match got testy after a commotion saw Jerome Ang getting sent off, bringing the Baby Tams down to 10 men. La Salle's Yuki Ferrer was cautioned after the incident.

The ruckus fueled the Junior Green Archers as they eventually notched a goal courtesy of Rafael Aldeguer in the 80th minute.

The goal, however, was too late as the final whistle signaled the end of La Salle's finals hopes.

Park shared that despite their place in the finals already booked, the Tamaraws might still go full force in their final elimination match as preparation for the championship match.

"Josh Abundio is still injured, but his recovery is very fast. So, there's a chance, he'll play. We'll see," the Korean mentor said.

Meanwhile, University of Santo Tomas rescued its title aspirations after beating Ateneo de Manila High School, 2-1, also on Sunday.

The Junior Golden Booters scored twice in the second period for a chance to make it to the final. They currently have 8 points, while the Blue Eaglets finished their season with 7 points.

Denzel Celebrado registered a brace with a late winner at the 90th minute to follow up on his 74th-minute strike to level the match. His two goals made amends of a defensive lapse off Diego Luna in the 37th minute to put Ateneo ahead at 1-0.

UST will try to push for at least a playoff for the second finals berth with a win against La Salle on Thursday, February 13, at 1:30 p.m. FEU and Nazareth School of National University will take on each other in a potential preview of the finals later at 4 p.m.

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