MANILA, Philippines – Jarvey Gayoso scored twice as Ateneo de Manila University topped 10-man De La Salle University, 3-1, to remain on top of the table in the UAAP Season 81 men's football tournament on Thursday at the Far Eastern University (FEU)-Diliman pitch.
Mauro Acot opened the scoring for La Salle, netting his first goal of the tournament in style with a rocket from way outside the box that gave the Green Archers the lead in the 10th minute.
But Ateneo equalized just six minutes later, with Gayoso finding the back of the net off a Julian Roxas assist.
Rupert Baña, from a crafty Mark Nacional pass, found the back of the net to account his seventh goal overall and give Ateneo a 2-1 lead in the 42nd minute.
Gayoso then put the finishing touches on the win as he broke free for another strike in the 83rd minute. It was his league-best ninth goal of the season.
The Archers lost Rafael Montelibano in the 70th minute due to his second yellow card.
The Eagles, who also drew solid outing from keeper AJ Arcilla in the second half to preserve the lead, avenged their 1-2 loss to their bitter rivals at the end of the first round to rise at 19 points.
In other fixtures, FEU defeated National University, 2-1, to improve at 18 points in second place, while Steven Anotado struck in the 87th as University of Santo Tomas nipped University of the East (UE), 2-1, to move up at 17 points.
La Salle remains level with defending champion University of the Philippines in fourth spot with 13 points, but the Taft-based squad has an inferior goal difference.
Rookie Gio Pabualan and Nikki Canonigo scored second-half goals for the Tamaraws to negate Angelo Paring's 36th minute strike that opened the scoring for the Bulldogs.
Ian de Castro's first-half stoppage time header off a John Alianza's free kick put the Growling Tigers on board, before Krysler Opeña, capitalizing on a goalkeeping error by Zaldy Abraham, scored the equalizer for the Red Warriors in the 59th minute.
After Anotado's go-ahead goal, UE tried to level late in the match, but Mar Diano's attempt was denied by the left post.
The Bulldogs and the Red Warriors remain at 10 and 8 points, respectively.
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